Carer’s Benefit is a payment made to insured people who may be required to leave the workforce or reduce their working hours to care for a person(s) in need of full time care.
It is payable for a period of 2 years (104 weeks) for each care recipient and may be claimed over separate periods up to a total of 2 years (104 weeks).
Budget 2022 Changes
From January 2022:
The weekly payment rate for Carer's Benefit increased by €5.
From June 2022:
The maximum you can earn will increase from €332.50 to €350.00 a week after taxes
How to qualify
You may qualify for Carer’s Benefit if you meet these requirements:
you are over 16 years old
you have been employed for at least eight weeks, whether consecutive or not, in the previous 26-week period of commencing Carer's leave
you are/were working for a minimum of 16 hours per week or 32 hours per fortnight within the previous 26 week period. You do not have to meet this condition if you were getting Carer’s Benefit in the previous 26 weeks
the care recipient must have a disability that meets the full-time care and attention requirements as set out in section 99  of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005
the maximum you earn is €332.50 a week after taxes up to June 2022 and €350.00 a week from 2 June 2022.
you must not take part in employment, self-employment, voluntary work, training or education courses which accumulate to more than 18.5 hours a week.
you do not live in a hospital, convalescent home or other similar institution
you meet the social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions
being a full-time carer means you must be living with, or in a position to provide full-time care and attention to, a person who needs care. The care recipient cannot live in a hospital, convalescent home or other similar institution
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 the child’s carer.
If you are away
If you are away, you must be able to arrange adequate full-time care and attention for the person you care for.
A person is regarded as requiring full-time care and attention when:
they need continual supervision to avoid danger to themselves
they need continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions, and
they are likely to require full-time care and attention
You can get Carer’s Benefit for up to 104 weeks 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 six weeks in a row in any period, you must wait for a further six weeks before you can claim Carer’s Benefit to care for the same person again.
If you are caring for more than one 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).
Rates of payment
Carer’s Benefit is €225 a week for 1 care recipient.
A person caring for two or more people may receive a higher rate of €337.50 a week.