The rate for this payment was increased on the 24th of March. If you have applied before the before this date or are already in receipt of this payment you do not need to do anything.
To be eligible for this payment a person must be confined to their home or a medical facility.
Phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone.
To receive the enhanced payment, you must be:
The personal rate for this payment is €350, as compared with the normal Illness Benefit rate of €203. It was originally set at a rate of €305 but it was increased by Government on March 24.
It will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating and for a maximum of 10 weeks if a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If a person has been certified for less than 10 weeks , they will be paid for the duration of their certificate.
You need to complete a paper application for Illness Benefit (Form IB1). This form is not available to download.
It is important to complete part 5 of the Illness Benefit form as this contain how you would like to be paid. You do not have to fill in part 7 of the form.
To get your application form you can
This email address is only to request that an application form be posted out to you so please supply your name and address. Forms can only be posted to addresses in Ireland.
From the end of March you will be able to apply online at MyWelfare.ie for Illness Benefit
Send your application form by Freepost to:
Once both the application form and the medical certificate are received payment will be processed.
You should continue to liaise with your doctor in relation to your diagnosis and the length of time you are medically certified unfit to work because of COVID-19.
To help us to process all payments as quickly as possible, we would kindly ask you not to phone the department seeking updates on your application as staff will be focusing on processing applications. Thank you for your co-operation.