Deserted Wife's Benefit is a payment made to a woman deserted by her husband. Entitlement to the payment is based on social insurance contributions paid by the woman or her husband.
If you have transferred from Deserted Wife’s Benefit to One-Parent Family Payment to be accepted as a participant on a Community Employment Scheme, you can apply to have your entitlement to Deserted Wife's Benefit restored.
The maximum weekly rate of payment for Deserted Wife’s Benefit is higher than the maximum weekly rate of One-Parent Family Payment.
If you qualify to have your entitlement to Deserted Wife’s Benefit restored, you may also be due arrears.
Women getting Deserted Wife’s Benefit can apply for and transfer to the
If you are currently getting a reduced rate of Deserted Wife's Benefit, but have been working, then you may qualify for a higher rate of State Pension (Contributory), based on your own PRSI contributions, when you reach 66.
However, if you do not qualify for the State Pension (Contributory) when you reach 66, you will automatically get a higher rate of Deserted Wife's Benefit.
If you are getting Deserted Wife's Benefit, you may be entitled to extra benefits from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, including a Living Alone Allowance and the Household Benefits Package
when you turn 66.
For more information about Deserted Wife's payments contact:
Deserted Wife's Payments Section
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, College Road