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Back to Work Family Dividend

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Back to Work Family Dividend is

The Back to Work Family Dividend is a weekly payment for every child in your family, to help families move from social welfare into work.

It gives financial support to people with qualified children who are in or take up employment or self-employment and stop claiming a Jobseeker's Payment or a One-Parent Family Payment.

A qualified child is a child up to age 18, who is normally resident in the State and who is living with you.

A child aged between 18 and 22, who is normally resident in the State, continues to be a qualified child if they are in full-time education by day at a recognised school or college.

How to qualify

You may be eligible for the scheme if you have at least one qualified child and are getting one of these payments:

To qualify for Back to Work Family Dividend:

  • you must stop getting these payments
  • you must start work within four weeks of stopping your original payment or scheme
  • your work must also be in the State

If you get the One-Parent Family Payment and you are employed or self-employed, you may be able to get the Back to Work Family Dividend when your One-Parent Family Payment stops. You will not be able to sign on to another social welfare payment such as Jobseeker's Allowance.

If you get the Working Family Payment, you may also be able to get the Back to Work Family Dividend. The scheme will not affect your Working Family Payment.

Rates of payment

Back to Work Family Dividend is paid every week for up to two years.

    Under 12 Over 12
    Year 1 €34.00 a week for each child to a maximum of €136.00 (four children) €37.00 a week for each child to a maximum of €148.00 (four children)
    Year 2 €17.00 a week for each child to a maximum of €68.00 (four children) €18.50 a week for each child to a maximum of €74.00 (four children)

Apply

To apply, fill in the form below and return it with the relevant supporting documents to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.

Back to Work Family Dividend Application Form

The Back to Work Family Dividend scheme helps families move from social welfare into work.

Download

Operational Guidelines

Operational Guidelines: Back to Work Family Dividend.