What is an Invalidity Pension?
Invalidity Pension is a benefit provided in Ireland for people who are permanently incapable of working due to long-term illness or disability. It is paid to individuals who have made sufficient social insurance (PRSI) contributions.
How to qualify for Invalidity Pension:
To qualify you must meet the:
Rates of Payment:
The weekly rates for Invalidity Pension are:
|Weekly Payment Rate
|Increase for a Qualified Adult
|Increase for a Qualified Child Under 12, (Full Rate)
|Increase for a Qualified Child Under 12, (Half Rate)
|Increase for a Qualified Child Over 12, (Full Rate)
|Increase for a Qualified Child Over 12, (Half Rate)
Qualified Adult: a spouse or partner whose income is below a certain level.
Qualified Child: a child who must live with the recipient in the State, be the correct age for the payment being claimed, and not be in legal custody.
The payment continues until the recipient turns 66, at which point they automatically move on to the State Pension (Contributory) Application Form (SPC1) at the full rate. If you are receiving an Invalidity Pension you may be entitled to apply for Partial Capacity Benefit (PCB1).
Invalidity Pension is subject to income tax. The Department of Social Protection pays the Invalidity Pension without deducting tax, but notifies the Revenue of the taxable amount of Invalidity Pension for income tax purposes. Social insurance (PRSI) and USC are not charged on Invalidity Pension payments.
How to Apply:
Return your completed application form with any supporting documents to:Invalidity Pension Claims Section
If you have been getting Illness Benefit (IB1) for a period of 468 days, you will be medically assessed for continued entitlement to Illness Benefit and possible entitlement to Invalidity Pension.
If, as a result of this assessment, it is considered that you may be entitled to Invalidity Pension, an application form (INV2) will be sent to you.
When they get the completed form a Deciding Officer will examine the claim and determine eligibility for Invalidity Pension.