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.
The below measures were announced in Budget 2023
on 27 September 2022 regarding the Working Family Payment.
From November 2022:
People who are in receipt of the Working Family Payment will get a cost of living lump sum payment of €500 which will be paid from the week commencing 14 November.
From January 2023:
The Working Family Payment income limits will increase by €40 across all family sizes.
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
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), pension/superannuation contributions 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.
However, 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:
rent or mortgage supplement
local authority housing
WFP income limits from 7 April 2022
If you have
And your weekly family income is less than
Eight Children or more
The quickest way to apply for Working Family Payment is through MyWelfare.ie.
A customer with a basic MyWelfare
account can submit an application but will not have the full benefits of a verified MyGovID