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Partial Capacity Benefit

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What Partial Capacity Benefit is

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.

How to qualify

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.

Rates of payment

Partial Capacity Benefit may include increases for your:

  • qualified adult
  • qualified child

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
    Moderate €101.50 €104.25
    Severe €152.25 €156.38
    Profound €203.00 €208.50


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:

Partial Capacity Benefit Section

Floor 2 Áras Mhic Dhiarmada, Store Street, Dublin

Operational Guidelines

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