Carer’s Benefit is a payment available to insured people who may need to leave work or reduce their hours to care for a person or people in need of full-time care.
It can be paid for a period of 2 years (104 weeks) for each person being cared for and may be claimed over separate periods up to a total of 2 years (104 weeks).
You may qualify for Carer’s Benefit if:
You may be able to get Carer’s Benefit if you care for a child who qualifies for Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA). You do not have to be the person who gets the allowance for the child to be their carer.
If you are claiming Carer’s Benefit for the first time, you must have paid at least 156 PRSI contributions since you first started work. You must also have:
The relevant tax year is the second-last complete tax year before the year in which your claim for Carer’s Benefit begins. For example, if you make a claim in 2023, the relevant tax year is 2021.
Only contributions at Class A, B, C, D, H and E are counted towards Carer's Benefit. Class S (self-employed contributions) do not count.
You only need to satisfy the contribution conditions the first time you are awarded Carer’s Benefit.
You can get Carer’s Benefit for up to 104 weeks (2 years) for each person you care for.
You can claim your payment in a single period or in separate periods for up to 104 weeks. If you claim Carer’s Benefit for less than 6 weeks in a row in any period, you must wait for a further 6 weeks before you can claim Carer’s Benefit to care for the same person again.
If you are caring for more than 1 person, you may get a payment for 104 weeks for each person you care for. This may result in the care periods overlapping or running at the same time (concurrently).
If you are away, you must arrange suitable full-time care and attention for the person you care for.
Carer’s Benefit is €237 a week for 1 care recipient.
A person caring for 2 or more people may get a higher rate of €355.50 a week.
If you have a child or children, you may be entitled to apply for an Increase for a Qualified Child.
You should apply for Carer’s Benefit at least 6 weeks before you plan to leave work.
To apply, fill in the below application form CARB1 and include a doctor’s medical report. The form must also be signed by the person you will be caring for.
You do not need a medical report if you are caring for a child getting Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA).
Return the application form along with the relevant supporting documentation to:
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.