Working Family Payment
The Working Family Payment is a social welfare payment that may be 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 the family size.
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These income limits are based on weekly net income so, after tax, PRSI, superannuation, universal social charge and health contributions have been deducted. 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, Carer’s Allowance, Guardians payments, Supplementary Welfare Allowance and a few less common social welfare payments.
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
- There is the Back to Work Family Dividend which is available for applications for those who are in work and who are no longer in receipt of either Jobseeker’s payments or One-Parent Family Payment due to going into employment.
- The means test for WFP does not include the payment of the Back to Work Family Dividend.