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Incapacity Supplement

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What Incapacity Supplement is

Incapacity Supplement can be paid as a supplement to people getting Disablement Benefit. It is paid to people who are permanently incapable of work because of an accident or disease suffered at work. It is only paid to those who do not qualify for certain other social welfare payments.

How to qualify

You can only qualify if you do not qualify for Illness Benefit, Invalidity Pension or Disability Allowance.

This supplement is not means-tested. You may be entitled to claim an increase for a qualified adult, if you have a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant and an increase for a qualified child who normally lives with you.

Rates of payment

Incapacity Supplement weekly rates are as follows:

    Incapacity Supplement by categories Weekly rates
    Under 66 years of age €203.00
    66 years of age and over €222.30
    Increase for a qualified adult aged under 66 years €134.70
    Increase for a qualified adult aged 66 years and over €147.50
    Increase for a qualified child Under 12 Over 12
    Full rate €36.00 €40.00
    Half rate €18.00 €20.00


If you already receive Disablement Benefit, you can become eligible for Incapacity Supplement.

The deciding officer will then assess if you are incapable of work due to an injury or illness you suffered as a result of your previous job. This involves a medical report.

If you don't receive any other social welfare payments, the deciding officer will arrange for a claim form for Incapacity payment to be sent to you to begin your application process.

Application Form: Disablement Benefit and/or Incapacity Supplement under the Occupational Injuries Scheme (OB21)

Application form for Disablement Benefit and/or Incapacity Supplement under the Occupational Injuries Scheme OB21.


Return your completed application form with the relevant supporting documents to:

Disablement Benefit Section

Social Welfare Services Office, Government Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford

Operational Guidelines

Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.