Social Welfare

In 2014 €19.6 billion is to be spent on social protection in 2014. New spending reductions have been limited to €226 million. The Department of Social Protection has received an increased capital allocation of €15 million to roll out Intreo centres fully.

There are no changes to the rates of primary weekly social welfare payments and pensions.

Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance

From 14 January 2014 people without children getting Jobseeker’s Allowance who are aged between 18 and 24 years will receive €100 per week. Existing claimants aged between 18 and 24 on a higher rate will have no change in their rate. This provision applies to Supplementary Welfare Allowance recipients from 9 January.

From 14 January 2014 people without children getting Jobseeker’s Allowance aged 25 years will receive €144 a week. Existing claimants aged 25 on a higher rate will have no change in their rate. This weekly €144 rate will increase to €188 when they reach 26 years of age. This provision applies to Supplementary Welfare Allowance recipients from 9 January.

From 14 January 2014 these reduced rates of Jobseeker’s Allowance will apply to people aged 25 and under who have exhausted their entitlement to Jobseeker’s Benefit.

Jobseeker’s Allowance – current rates of payment

Maximum personal rate aged 25 years or over €188 Increase for a qualified adult €124.80
Maximum personal rate aged 22 – 24 years €144 Increase for a qualified adult €124.80
Maximum personal rate aged 18 – 21 years €100 Increase for a qualified adult €100

 

Jobseeker’s Allowance – from January 2014

Maximum personal rate aged 26 years or over €188 Increase for a qualified adult €124.80
Maximum personal rate aged 25 years €144 Increase for a qualified adult €124.80
Maximum personal rate aged 18 – 24 years €100 Increase for a qualified adult €100

Currently, all Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance recipients, regardless of age, who have children continue to receive a personal rate of €188 (JA) or €186 (SWA) per week and an increase for a qualified adult, if applicable, of €124.80 plus qualified child increases. There are no changes to those arrangements.

The HSE care provision for people getting JA is also extended to age 24 (from 21). So, for example, a person aged 20 who is in receipt of a JA rate of €188 because they were in the care of the HSE during their 17th year can remain on this rate up to age 24.

Returning to education or training

From 14 January 2014 people aged 25 will get an age-reduced rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance of €144. If they take part in the Back to Education Scheme (BTEA) they will get a standard maximum rate of €160 per week.

All new BTEA participants aged under 26 who were getting a reduced age-related Jobseeker’s Allowance payment, will get a maximum BTEA rate of €160 per week (any means participants have will be deducted from this rate).

People aged 25 who were getting an age-related reduced rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance will also get a standard weekly allowance of €160 if they take part in a FÁS course, the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) or a Youthreach course.