unemployed and pregnant

Discussion in 'Redundancy, unemployment & jobseekers entitlements' started by elizabethno1, May 8, 2011.

  1. elizabethno1

    elizabethno1 Guest

    Hi
    just wondering can anyone give me advice please i lost my job 3mths ago due to recession i live in ireland im now on jobseekers benefit and im pregnant how soon should i inform my social welfare office im pregnant as im 6 and 1/2 mths pregnant now still able to work if i got it but hard to get work when pregnant i am alone as there is no father figure around as i dont know where to even find him as it was a drunken one night stand which we were both stupid to lead to this but it happens
    im happy with the pregnancy but i dont know where i stand with social welfare as im new to all this
    please help
     
  2. enoxy

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    I'd be inclined to say nowt to social welfare until the baby arrives ( u have up to 2.5 months left of JB) and then you will need to claim child benefit. Or maybe the JB will continue until the end of the term of payment if you say nothing and don't claim CB - which is worth 140 euro per month per child as opposed to about 180 per week for the JB.

    I'm sure the morality squad on AAM will descend on this post to say you should 'fess up as not being available for work and discontinue your claim but if you did that you'd be left high and dry with no cash at all.

    Not sure what best advice is re JB and pregnancy but the experts on AAM will advise you I'm sure. The above is my tuppenceworth...
     
  3. gipimann

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    Once you're still available for, and looking for work you can continue to claim your JB, both before and after the baby's born. If you continue to claim JB, you can claim an increase for the baby (€29.80 pw).

    When the baby is born, you may be eligible for One Parent Family Payment.
    You may be able to claim both (JB would be paid at half of the rate you get now in addition to One Parent Family Payment).

    If you're not available for work, and you have no income while waiting on One Parent Family Payment, you can apply for Supplementary Welfare Allowance, which is dealt with by Community Welfare Officers based at local health centres. They may also help you with an application for a medical card (if you don't already have one).

    You'll get an application form for Child Benefit in the post when the baby is registered - it has no effect on JB so there's no need to deprive yourself of the payment.
     
  4. elizabethno1

    elizabethno1 Guest

    thank you both for your advice much appreciated
     
  5. eastbono

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    You can also get an exemption from signing every month and get your jobseekers paid into a bank account. I think is 4 weeks before your due date and not sure about after baby arrives could be 6 weeks. When its your next signing on date ask about this, there is form you fill out.
     
  6. elizabethno1

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    ok im signing next week so will ask then about it thank you
     
  7. Ildánach

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    http://www.welfare.ie/EN/OperationalGuidelines/Pages/ja_jobseekall.aspx


     
  8. starbar11

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    @elizabethno1

    i gave birth to a baby nearly three months ago under the exact same circumstances as you, after a one night stand and the father changed his number. i told the social welfare when i was 8 months pregnant as i wasnt sure what to do as i worked all my life and wasnt familiar with the system after losing my job. they said it was ok, tht i was still technically available for work so dont worry! hope everything works out for you !

    how much is the one parent family payment? i am still waiting for it to be processed and im really struggling .. i had to move home because of no money, so will my fathers income count when i am means tested?i have no savings or anything?
     
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  10. eastbono

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    When applying for one parent family your parents income is not means tested. OPF Benefit is the same as jsb €188 personal rate and €29.80 for your child. Under the new regulations you will be able to receive OPF until your child is 14. You will have to provide details of your childs father as he will be pursued by SW for maintenance.

    Are you still in receipt of jsb... if you are you should get your child added to your claim.
     
  11. gipimann

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    You can't be paid for a child dependant on One Parent Family payment (OFP) and Jobseeker's Benefit (JSB) at the same time.

    The only option is to be paid full rate OFP including an increase for the child, and half-rate JSB which is half of the single rate only.
     
  12. starbar11

    starbar11 Guest

    thanks a million everone, thats a great help
     
  13. shinners

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    have you considered whether you could qualify for maternity benefit, as you worked until recently? last day of insurable employment must be within 16 weeks of your due date so if you could even get a weeks work you could potentialy qualify for maternity benefit. see http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Publications/SW11/Pages/2HowdoIqualify.aspx for full details

    edit: just realised your baby is almost due so its probably too late now to do that.
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  14. howmuchunder

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    Can anyone clarify exactly HOW to inform the Dept. Social Welfare of your pregnancy? Can you do it on the signing day, or do you have to ring and arrange an interview? And do you have to provide a certificate from the Doctor??

    Also, if you're suffering an illness during the pregnancy that's affecting your ability to seek work, how do you inform them - can you just send them in a sick cert with a cover letter or do you have to arrange to meet them etc?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  15. aloiv

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    Could someone give me an advise if I'm on J.Allowance, I've one child already and got pregnant how much I'll got from Social Welfare or what will be happen with my payment if I'll tell them i'm pregnant? and when I should inform them, I'm one months in pregnant.
     
  16. Ildánach

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    You don't get any extra for being pregnant, although you can apply for a one off payment of an Exceptional Needs Payment from your COmmunity Welfare Officer if you have any pregnancy related expenses - see here for more details http://www.welfare.ie/EN/OperationalGuidelines/Pages/swa_exneeds.aspx

    Once the child is born you can claim an additional 29.80 for the child, or if you are parenting alone, you can apply for One Parent Family Payment, which is paid at the same rate as Jobseekers.

    If you are working part-time, you may be entitled to Maternity Benefit instead of Jobseekers. If you are working more than 19 hours a week, you may be eligible for Family Income Supplement (and Materntiy Benefit) instead of Jobseekers. If parenting alone and working, you can get One Parent Family Payment, Maternity Benefit (half rate) and Family Income Supplement at the same time.

    As above posters have said, once you tell them that you're pregnant, they will excuse you from signing for the last 4 weeks of the pregnancy and the first 8 weeks after the baby is born and should adjust your claim once you provide them with the birth cert.