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Working Family Payment (WFP)

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Working Family Payment is

The Working Family Payment is a weekly, tax-free payment available to employees with children. It gives extra financial support to families with children with rates depending on their incomes and family size. The payment was previously called Family Income Supplement.

How to qualify

To qualify for Working Family Payment, you must meet all of these requirements:

  • you work in the Irish State and pay tax and social insurance (PRSI) here
  • you work 38 or more hours every fortnight
  • you can combine hours from different jobs to make up 38 hours each fortnight
  • you can also combine your weekly hours with the hours worked by your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant
  • you cannot use time spent in self-employment or on Community Employment, Gateway, Tús, JobBridge or the Rural Social Scheme
  • your job is likely to last at least 3 months
  • you have at least one child who normally lives with you. Your child must be under 18 years of age or between 18 and 22 years of age and in full-time education
  • you earn less than an amount set according to your family size

Under EU regulations, you may be able to claim WFP if your children are living abroad and dependent on you.

You cannot get Working Family Payment if you are on a Community Employment Scheme or most other job schemes. You may qualify for Working Family Payment if you are taking part in Job Initiative or the Community Service Programme.

Rate of payment

The Working Family Payment you receive is 60% of the difference between your average weekly family income and the income limit that applies to your family. Your average family income is your total earnings less tax, employee social insurance (PRSI), Universal Social Charge (USC) and any other income your family has.

Working Family Payment is paid directly into your current or deposit account at your bank or building society. It cannot be paid into a mortgage account. Any Working Family Payment that you qualify for will be paid from the first Thursday after the section receives your application form.

Generally, you will be reassessed once a year. Your payment will not change for a year (52 weeks) even if your income goes up or down. However you can ask for your payment to be reassessed if one of the following applies to you:

Working Family Payment is included when you are assessed for these entitlements:

  • medical card or GP visit card
  • rent or mortgage supplement
  • local authority housing

WFP income limits from 9 January 2020

    If you have And your weekly family income is less than
    One Child €531
    Two Children €632
    Three Children €733
    Four Children €834
    Five Children €960
    Six Children €1,076
    Seven Children €1,212
    Eight Children or more €1,308


To apply, fill in the form below, and return with relevant supporting documentation to:

Working Family Payment (WFP) Section

WFP Renewal Section, Government Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford, N39 E4E0

To renew your WFP fill in the form below, and return with relevant supporting documentation to:

Working Family Payment Renewal Section

If you are applying to Renew your Working Family Payment please send your completed Renewal form to:

WFP Renewal Section, Social Welfare Services, Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny
WFP Renewal Opening Hours: Phone Line: 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday

Application Form: Working Family Payment (WFP) (WFP1)

You need a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number before you apply.


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