What is Carer's Benefit?
Carer's Benefit is a payment for insured people who might have to leave their job or reduce their work hours to care for a person (or multiple people) in need of full-time care.
How to Qualify for Carer’s Benefit:
Social Insurance (PRSI) Contribution Conditions:
To claim Carer’s Benefit for the first time, you must have paid at least 156 PRSI contributions since you first started working. In addition, you must have:
Only Class A, B, C, D, H, and E contributions count towards Carer's Benefit. Class S (self-employed contributions) do not count.
Rates of Payment:
The Carer’s Benefit is €237 a week for one care recipient.
If two or more people, you might receive a higher rate of €355.50 a week.
If you have child dependents, you may be able to apply for an Increase for a Qualified Child.
You can receive it for up to 104 weeks (2 years) for each person you care for. If you're caring for more than one person, you may receive a payment for 104 weeks for each person you care for, which could result in overlapping care periods.
How to Apply:
You should apply for Carer’s Benefit at least 6 weeks before you plan to leave work.
Note: You do not need a medical report if you are caring for a child receiving Domiciliary Care Allowance.
Please return your completed application form and relevant supporting documents to:Carer's Benefit Section