Organization : Government of Ireland
Facility Name : Apply for Guardian’s Payment Scheme
Country : Ireland
Website : https://www.gov.ie/en/service/709bab-guardians-payment/
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What Is Guardian’s Payment Scheme?
** If you are taking care of a child who is an orphan, you may get a social welfare payment of €191 a week.
** It is not necessary to be a legally appointed guardian. You may get this payment if the child lives with you and you are responsible for their care. The payment is for the benefit of the child.
It can be paid directly to the child if the child is:
** attending a full-time education course
** aged between 18 and 22 years of age
** not living with or in the care of a guardian
** The payment can be contributory (based on social insurance (PRSI) contributions paid by the parent) or non-contributory, based on the means of the child.
Related / Similar Status : Government Of Ireland Health And Safety Benefit
You can claim only one of the following:
** Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)
** Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory)
** Orphan’s Pension awarded under the Death Benefit Scheme (under the Occupational Injuries Scheme)
** You cannot get one of these payments and also claim a Foster Care Allowance (payable by Tusla).
How To Qualify For Guardian’s Payment Scheme?
A child is regarded as an orphan if they meet the following requirements:
** they are under 18 (or 22 if in full-time education) and
** both parents are dead or
** one parent is either dead or unknown or has abandoned and failed to provide for the child or
** the other parent is unknown or has abandoned and failed to provide for the child and
** the child is not residing with a parent, adoptive parent or step parent
** If either parent, or step-parent, had worked at any time and paid social insurance (PRSI) for 26 weeks, the child is entitled to the Guardian’s Payment (Contributory). Payment is made to the child’s guardian until the child turns 18 or, if the child is in full-time education, until they turn 22.
** Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory) is a non-contributory payment for a child who is not entitled to the contributory payment. The means test for this is based on the child’s means. Payment is made to the child’s guardian until the child turns 18 or, if the child is in full-time education, until they turn 22.
** Under the Occupational Injuries Scheme, an Orphan’s Pension under the Death Benefit scheme may be awarded to the guardian of the child if the parent, step-parent or person who was supporting the orphaned child or children:
** Died as a result of an accident at work
** Died as a result of an occupational disease
** Was getting Disablement Pension assessed at 50% or more at the time of their death
** The Orphan’s Pension is not means tested.
How To Apply For Guardian’s Payment Scheme?
Return your application to:
Application Form : https://www.statusin.org/uploads/pdf2022/64994.pdf
You can only apply for this payment by post.
To apply, fill in the form below and send to:
Social Welfare Services,
College Road, Sligo,
Guardian’s Payment Scheme Rate Of payment
The maximum Guardian’s Payment is €191 a week.
Guardians’ payments are fully exempt from income tax, PRSI and USC.