Death Benefit Scheme
What is the Death Benefit Scheme?
The Death Benefit Scheme under the Occupational Injuries Scheme is a program
aimed at providing financial support to the surviving spouse, civil partner,
or dependent child of an individual who dies as a result of an accident at work
or an occupational disease.
Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension:
This is paid to the surviving spouse or civil partner
of a person who has died due to a work-related accident
or disease, or who was receiving a Disablement Pension
(INV1) assessed as 50% or more at the time of death.
The recipient cannot remarry, enter into a civil
partnership, or cohabit with another person to be
eligible for this pension. It is not affected by
any income that the recipient may have.
This is provided for a child if the parent,
step-parent, or supporting person has died due
to a work-related accident or disease, or was
receiving a Disablement Pension (INV1) assessed
as 50% or more at the time of their death.
The orphan's guardian should apply for this payment.
This one-time payment is available to the
person responsible for the funeral expenses,
provided the deceased person meets the necessary
conditions. This grant is not subject to taxation.
Rates of Payment:
|Widow, widower, or surviving civil partner (under 66)
|Widow, widower, or surviving civil partner (over 66)
|Widow, widower, or surviving civil partner (over 80)
|Living alone increase aged 66 and over
|Increase for a Qualified Child (under 12)
|Increase for a Qualified Child (12 and over)
|€850.00 (one-time lump sum)
How to Apply:
Claims for any of the payments should be made within 3 months of the date of death, otherwise you may lose some benefit. Complete Death Benefit Scheme (OB61) form.
Return your completed application form and relevant supporting documents to:
Death Benefit Section:
Department of Social Protection,
Phone number: +353 43 334 0000 or 0818 927770