Supplementary Allowance

Overview

 
The Supplementary Allowance is intended for persons that have low income and are not currently in receipt of Children’s Allowance. This allowance is intended to help the eligible persons bridge their income requirements.
 

Eligibility

 
There are four categories into which persons eligible for this Assistance can be categorised. Each category has its own conditions and income ceiling. The income ceiling for employed persons is based on income and emoluments for basic year 2015 and for pensioners and social assistance beneficiaries, it is based on the pension or assistance income for 2017. The categories for this benefit are as follows:
  • A single person who is head of household and is currently in receipt of Social Assistance or Unemployment Assistance or any type of pension or disability assistance. The maximum income permissible for persons falling under this category is €9012. A person who is not yet 65 years old can be eligible for a weekly rate of up to €4.57 whilst persons over the age of 65 can receive up to €6.49 weekly.
  • A single person who is head of household and is employed or is an employed pensioner and earning less than €9012 yearly. A person who is not yet 65 years old can be eligible for a weekly rate of up to €7 whilst persons over the age of 65 can receive up to €8.92 weekly.
  • A single person who is not head of household and is living with his parents whilst being in gainful employment that falls within this category is eligible for €2.43 weekly provided that income is less than €9012.
 
A married person still living within the same household with his/her spouse can be entitled for:
  • A weekly rate of up to €12.54 if the applicant is under 65 years of age with an income of less than €11,180.
  • A weekly rate of up to €14.46 if the applicant is over 65 years of age with an income of less than €11,180.
  • A weekly rate of up to €2.68 if the applicant is under 65 years of age with an income of between €11,181 and €13,000.
  • A weekly rate of up to €4.60 if the applicant is over 65 years of age with an income of between €11,181 and €12,144.
  • A weekly rate of up to €2.68 if the applicant is over 65 years of age with an income of between €12,144 and €13,000.
 

Documents Required

 
In order to apply for this Assistance, the applicant needs to submit an application form filled in with the requested details along with an FS3, if this is required.
 

Payments

 
Payments for this benefit are issued during the months of December, March, June and September. Should you wish to know the precise day the payment will be issued, please refer to our Payment Dates section by clicking here. Alternatively, the benefit rates payable can be viewed by clicking here.
 
Supplementary Allowance payments can be deposited directly into a beneficiary’s bank account unless the applicant is in receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance, Age Pension or has an outstanding garnishee order. In the case of a garnishee order, the claimant must produce a legal document stating the details of the garnishee orders. Claimants in receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance wishing to have their Supplementary Allowance payments deposited directly into their bank account may also present documents stating their case which will be reviewed individually.
 
Payments for Supplementary Allowance are made every 13 weeks and the payment covers the upcoming 13 weeks in advance.
 
 

How to apply?

 
You can call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of the form by visiting our Application Form page.