Partial Capacity Benefit is paid if you cannot work to your full capacity but have received permission to return to work.
The rate of payment is based upon a medical assessment of your incapacity to work.
You may qualify for Partial Capacity Benefit if your restriction on capacity for work is assessed as moderate, severe, or profound. If it is assessed as mild you will not qualify.
To qualify for Partial Capacity Benefit, you need to be currently getting either:
You may not work until you've received written approval from the department.
You can earn any amount and work as many hours as you wish. You can work in a self-employed capacity while getting Partial Capacity Benefit.
You can get Partial Capacity Benefit and a Half-Rate Carer's Allowance together, but you cannot get Partial Capacity Benefit and Working Family Payment (WFP) (formerly known as Family Income Supplement) together.
Partial Capacity Benefit may include increases for your:
A qualified adult means that your spouse’s or partner’s income is below a certain level and you receive an increase in your payment for them. You may also get an extra amount for your child called an Increase for a Qualified Child.
To get this increase your child must:
The personal rate of payment is based upon:
Partial Capacity Benefit payments
|Level of incapacity in relation to your ability to work– as found by your medical assessment||Payment if you were previously receiving Illness Benefit||Payment if you received Invalidity Pension before|
Contact the department’s Partial Capacity Benefit Section by calling (01) 704 3300. They will post you an application form, as these are not currently available online.
A Medical Assessor will assess your capacity for work. You may have to attend a medical assessment.
You should include all appropriate medical evidence with your application.
If you qualify for Partial Capacity Benefit, you don’t have to send in regular medical certificates.
You can apply for Partial Capacity Benefit before you start to look for work. If your payment is going to be reduced because you are going back to work, this will not happen until you start work.
Return your application, with relevant supporting documents, to:
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.