An Exceptional Needs Payment is a single payment to help meet essential, once-off, exceptional expenditure, which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income.
For example, the payment can be for bedding or cooking utensils for someone setting up a home for the first time, visiting relatives in hospital or prison, funeral costs or for clothing in exceptional circumstances.
Eligible people would normally be in receipt of a social welfare or health service executive payment. However, there is no automatic entitlement to such payments.
ENPs are payable at the discretion of the department’s representative taking into account the requirements of the legislation and all the relevant circumstances of the case.
You may be eligible for an Exceptional Needs Payment if:
You won't normally be eligible if you:
The amount of payment you get will depend on a means test and the type of assistance you need.
You should contact the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's Community Welfare Service at your local office.
An application form is available to download here or from your local office.
To help process your claim, you should have the following: