Your entitlement to Partial Capacity Benefit may be affected if you commence employment before your claim has been approved; if you wish to avail of Partial Capacity Benefit, you must apply before starting work.
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.
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:
live with you, in the State
be the correct age for the payment you are claiming (the age varies from scheme to scheme)
not be in legal custody
The personal rate of payment is based upon:
Your capacity to work based on the department's medical assessment
whether or not you were receiving Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension
your current rate of payment
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 or emailing PCB@welfare.ie
. 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 should apply for Partial Capacity Benefit before you start to look for work. Your payment may change when you go back to work but this will not happen until you actually start work.
Return your application, with relevant supporting documents, to: