Working Family Payment

The Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly tax-free social welfare payment payable to working families who are on a lower income. It may apply to you and your family if:

  • You are working 19 hours or more a week or 38 hours or more a fortnight;
  • Your employment is likely to last 3 months or more;
  • You are looking after one or more children aged under 18 or between 18 and 22 and in full time education;
  • You are earning less than the income limits for your family size.

The income limits, which are set out below, are based on weekly net income, that is, after tax, PRSI, superannuation and universal social charge have been deducted.

Family size 2022 rates
1 child€551

2 children

€652
3 children
€753
4 children
€844
5 children€970

Income is assessed as income from work ( including overtime or bonuses), most social welfare and HSE payments, maintenance payments*, and any income from pensions or self-employment. Payments that are not included in the income assessment are Child Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance, Guardian’s payments, Supplementary Welfare Allowance and Fuel Allowance.

A full list of what income is assessable and income that is excluded from the WFP income test is available here.

*All income from maintenance is assessed in the means test for WFP. Housing costs (your rent or mortgage repayment) up to a maximum of €95.23 per week can be offset against maintenance payments. Half the balance is then assessed as means. Housing costs cannot be offset against maintenance payments for WFP, if this has already been applied in the means test for another social welfare payment. Non-cash benefits are not assessed as means.

The WFP payment is calculated at 60% of the difference between the net family income and the set income limits.

If you do qualify, even if only by a small amount, the minimum payment made is €20 a week. You cannot get WFP if you are taking part in a Community Employment (CE) Scheme.

  • If you are already in receipt of WFP and also receive One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) but are coming off the payment due to the age of your youngest child, then your WFP payment will be automatically reassessed on the basis of the loss of the OFP. It will not make up for the full loss of the OFP but may account for up to 60% of the OFP payment.
  • The Back to Work Family Dividend is available for people who are in work and who are no longer eligible for either Jobseeker’s payments or One-Parent Family Payment because of their employment.
  • The means test for WFP does not include the payment of the Back to Work Family Dividend.

Working Family Payment & Other Payments

  • Working Family Payment is not taxable and does not affect secondary benefits if you receive them already.
  • If you are getting WFP you may also be entitled to the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.
  • Your income from WFP is not taken into account in the assessment for a medical card if you are otherwise eligible.
  • Working Family Payment is not a qualifying payment for Fuel Allowance purposes. However, if a person is in receipt of One-Parent Family Payment and WFP they may be entitled to the allowance.
  • The Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD) and WFP can be paid together and the BTWFD will not be taken into account in the income test for WFP.
  • WFP can be paid at the same time as One-Parent Family Payment provided you meet the conditions and means test for both payments.
  • WFP and Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment cannot be paid at the same time.
  • If you are working, you may be eligible for the SPCCC – the Single Person Child Carer Credit which is an additional tax credit for people parenting alone.

To claim the Working Family Payment you will need to have two recent payslips and your Certificate of Tax Credits from Revenue to send with your application form.

To get an application form or for more information contact your local INTREO centre.

You can send your completed Working Family Payment application form to:

Working Family Payment (WFP) Section

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Services Office Government Buildings, Ballinalee Road

Longford, Ireland

Opening Hours:

Phone line: 10:00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday

Tel | 074 916 4575

Homepage | https://www.gov.ie/en/service/08bb21-working-family-payment/

Email | WFPSupport@welfare.ie

You can also use the following email addresses:



Budget 2023:

  • It was announced on September 27th, 2022, as part of Budget 2023 measures that a €500 Cost of Living Lump Sum Payment will be paid to all families in receipt of the Working Family Payment in November 2022.
  • The Working Family Payment threshold will increase by €40 per week regardless of family size from January 2023. This means more people may qualify for the payment. If you already receive it, you may see a small increase in your weekly payment, depending on your net household income. Please note any increases in your net take home pay or social welfare payments will be included in the means test at your next review.
  • The new Working Family Payment income thresholds from January 2023 are:

One child- €591; Two children- €692; Three children- €793; Four children-€884; Five children- €1,010; Six children- €1,126; Seven children- €1,262 and Eight or more children- €1,358