Whether you can keep some or all of your social welfare payment depends on:
- What kind of social welfare payment you are receiving
- The number of hours you are working
- The amount of money you are earning from your job
For further information, contact your local Citizen’s Information Centre or your local Comhairle office or see www.citizensinformationboard.ie for your local Citizens Information Centre.
The Department of Social Protection provides employment related supports to facilitate people with disabilities in gaining or maintaining employment in the private sector:
List of grants available
WSS offers financial support to employers who employ someone with a disability who works more than 20 hours per week. This scheme is structured under 3 separate strands and a Wage Subsidy payment is given based on the number of disabled people the company employs and the disabled employees productivity level. A person on the scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees and the employer receives financial compensation for the lower than average productivity level of the person.
This scheme enables employers to retain the services of an employee who acquires a disability that impacts on their ability to continue to do their job.
Through the ERGS, an employee may be offered re-training so that they can undertake alternate duties, or modified techniques may be devised to enable them to continue doing the same job.
A grant is available to all organisations in the private sector towards providing Disability Awareness training to staff.
The Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme encourages unemployed people to take up self employment. People participating in this Back To Work Enterprise Scheme retain a percentage of their social welfare payment along with “secondary benefits” for a period of up to three years. The scheme lasts for 3 years a percentage of some social welfare payments being retained during this time. More information click here