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Recovery of Benefits and Assistance (RBA) Scheme

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Recovery of Benefits and Assistance (RBA) Scheme is

From 1st August 2014, the Recovery of Certain Benefits and Assistance Scheme enables the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to recover the value of certain illness-related social welfare payments from compensation awards made to persons as a consequence of personal injuries claims.

The benefits are recovered from the compensator and not from the injured person.

The specified benefits to be recovered under the RBA Scheme are:

  • Illness Benefit
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • Injury benefit
  • Incapacity Supplement, that is, the increase of disablement pension payable where a person is permanently incapable of work as a result of an occupational accident or disease and does not qualify for any other social welfare payment
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Disability Allowance

How to qualify

A compensator must apply for a statement of recoverable benefits on the RBA01 application form before making a compensation payment to an injured person.

The form should be downloaded from this site, printed on both sides of the page, completed and posted to the address below.

Applications for statements may also be made by secure e-mail, by prior arrangement with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Statements will issue by post.

The Injuries Board (PIAB) must also apply for a statement before issuing an order to pay under the terms of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003.

The statement will issue within 4 weeks from the date of receipt of the application. A copy of the statement will also issue to the injured person or their solicitor/representative.

Application Form: Recovery of Benefits and Assistance (RBA) Scheme (RBA01)

Recovery of Benefits & Assistance (RBA) Scheme Application Form (RBA01)


Rates of payment

The scheme does not make any payments.

Contact information

Recovery of Benefits and Assistance Section

P.O. Box 12515, Dublin, Dublin 1

Operational Guidelines

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

Recovery of Benefits and Assistance (RBA) Scheme (Operational Guidelines).