Means-Tested Social Welfare Payment

Social Welfare payments are broadly divided into three types:

  • Contributory payments are based on your Pay-Related Social Insurance (PRSI) record. Whether you qualify for a payment depends on having a certain number of PRSI contributions. These types of payments are commonly referred to as Social Insurance payments.
  • Non-contributory payments require you to satisfy a means-test and be an ongoing resident in the State. These types of payments are commonly referred to as Social Assistance payments.
  • Payments and benefits such as Child Benefit and Free Travel do not depend on PSRI contributions or means.

Only means-tested social assistance payments count as a HEAR indicator.

The most common means-tested social assistance payments are:

  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Allowance
  • Farm Assist
  • Family Income Support (FIS)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA)
  • One-Parent Family Payment (OFP)
  • State Pension (Non-Contributory)

Other acceptable means-tested social assistance payments are:

  • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance – Self-employed year 2-4
  • Back to Work PAYE work
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance
  • Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory)
  • Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment
  • Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance (PRETA)
  • Prisoner’s Wife Allowance
  • Blind Pension
  • Rent Allowance
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA)2
  • Widow’s or Widower’s (Non-Contributory) Pension

Applicants meeting Indicator 3 must meet a combination of 2 other indicators as listed below:

INDICATOR 1 plus 3 plus 4
INDICATOR 1 plus 3 plus 5
INDICATOR 1 plus 3 plus 6