Organization : Government of Ireland
Facility Name : Apply for Increase For A Qualified Adult Scheme
Country : Ireland
Website : https://www.gov.ie/en/service/a2ae6f-increase-for-a-qualified-adult/
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What Is Increase For A Qualified Adult Scheme?
** Your social welfare payment is made up of a weekly amount for yourself, called the personal rate.
** You may also get an extra amount for your adult dependant called an Increase for a Qualified Adult. An adult dependant is usually your spouse or civil partner.
** If you have dependant children you may also get an Increase for a Qualified Child (IQC).
Related / Similar Status : Government Of Ireland Humanitarian Assistance Scheme
How To Qualify For Increase For A Qualified Adult Scheme?
** To get an Increase for a Qualified Adult (IQA), you must be getting a social welfare personal payment.
** Your adult dependant must not have a social welfare payment in his or her own right except for:
** Child Benefit
** Disablement Benefit
** Domiciliary Care Allowance
** Foster Care Allowance
** Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
** Half-rate Carer’s Allowance
** Occupational Injuries Death Benefit in respect of an orphan
** Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance
** The habitual residence condition does not apply to increases for qualified dependants (spouses, civil partners, cohabitants or children). This means that dependants do not have to satisfy the habitual residence condition in their own right.
** An IQA is not normally payable on behalf of a spouse or civil partner who is absent from the State or in prison. However Jobseeker’s Benefit claimants can claim an IQA for an adult dependant living in another EEA state if the dependant adult meets the criteria.
How To Apply For Increase For A Qualified Adult Scheme?
** To get an Increase for a Qualified Adult you must give details about your adult dependant on your claim form when you apply for a social welfare payment.
** If you did not claim for your adult dependant at the time you made your claim, please contact the section in this department which pays your social welfare payment or your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.
Increase For A Qualified Adult Scheme Rate Of Payment
** If you qualify for an increase in your social welfare payment for an adult dependant it will be paid directly to you as part of your main payment.
** However, if you both consent, you can have the Increase for a Qualified Adult paid directly to your adult dependant.
** If you are currently getting a State Pension (Contributory) and wish to apply for an Increase for a Qualified Adult for your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant you should fill in:
|SW Payment||Increase for Qualified adult (under 66)||Increase for Qualified Adult (66 & Over)|
|State Pension (Contributory)||€168.70 (maximum)||€227.00 (maximum)|
|Invalidity Pension||€152.50||€152.50 (Qualified adults who were over 66 before 01/01/2014 can continue to get a higher rate|
|State (Non-Contributory) Pension||€156.60 (maximum)||The State Pension (Non-Contributory) is not paid for qualified adults over 66. When your qualified adult reaches 66 they can apply for a State (Non-Contributory) Pension in their own right.|
|Jobseeker’s Benefit (Self-Employed)||€138.00||€138.00|
|Benefit Payment for 65 Year Olds||€138.00||€138.00|
|Health and Safety Benefit||€138.00||€138.00|
|Blind Pension||€138.00||Not payable for over 66 years of age|
|Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance||€138.00||€138.00|