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What Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) Supplements are
A Supplementary Welfare Allowance supplement may be paid to assist you meet ongoing additional expenses which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income.
How to qualify
Eligible people would normally be in receipt of a social welfare or Health Service Executive (HSE) payment. However, there is no automatic entitlement to such payments.
A supplement under the SWA scheme may be payable at the discretion of the department’s representative taking into account the requirements of the legislation and all the relevant circumstances of the case.
You may be eligible for a SWA supplement if you:
are living in the State
satisfy the habitual residence condition
satisfy a means test (all capital or property, except your home, is assessed in the means test)
You won't normally be eligible if you:
have access to alternative resources, to meet the need
are in full-time work (30 hours or more per week)
are in full-time education
are involved in a trade dispute or on strike. However, you may apply for an Exceptional Needs Payment for your dependent adult or dependent child
Rate of payment
The amount of payment you get will depend on a means test and the type of assistance you need.
You should contact the Community Welfare Service at your local office
An application form is available to download here or from your local office