Carers Benefit question

Discussion in 'Welfare and state benefits' started by dave29, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. dave29

    dave29 Frequent Poster

    Hi all,

    I need to take urgent leave from work to care for my son for about 10 weeks.

    I was looking at Carers Benefit -

    I've worked all my life and in my current role since August 20th 2016. So i have PRSI built up.

    However my job is telling me I need to be on Carers Leave first and then get Carer Benefit

    I was under the impression that I can just apply for Carers Benefit .

    Does anyone know what is correct. ?

  2. cremeegg

    cremeegg Frequent Poster

    I understand that the two things are separate.

    Carers leave is time away from work, which protects your job while you are away. You must request carers leave from your employer. If you meet the criteria, they cannot refuse.

    Carers benefit/carers allowance is money paid by the dept of social protection. The benefit is payable based on PRSI contributions, the allowance based on a means test, you can get one or other not both.
  3. gipimann

    gipimann Frequent Poster

    There is more information available here, specifically the Information Pack and the Scheme Guidelines (which aren't included on the citizensinformation page).

    The operational guidelines for Carer's Benefit state:

    Qualifying Conditions in Summary - CARER
    A Carer must have given up work to care for a person(s) who is in need of full time care and attention and fulfil certain PRSI contribution conditions.

    A Carer must also

    • have been employed for at least eight weeks, whether consecutive or not, in the previous 26 week period for a minimum of 16 hours per week or 32 hours per fortnight;
    • satisfy the PRSI contribution conditions;
    • be caring for the person on a full-time basis;
    • not be employed or self-employed outside the home for more than 15 hours per week;
    • not be living in a hospital, convalescent home or other similar institution;
    • be fit to care.
    The Carer's Benefit application form includes a section to be completed by the employer.
  4. dave29

    dave29 Frequent Poster

    thanks for the replies.

    So am i correct in saying that even though I've not applied for Carers Leave I can get Carers Benefit?
  5. TomOC

    TomOC Frequent Poster

    You need to be in the job for 12 months I believe to take careers leave. Also your employer may not be obliged to approve leave under 13 weeks.

    I am in the process of applying for these now. If condions are met work must approve leave. However the state must approve leave before work can put through leave. This approval will take about 2 months plus to approve by the state (once both yourself and work have filled in the forms). If approved and work are helpful they may put through unpaid leave now and once the state approve care benefit backdated to 20th August. However given the short time frame and if you need to start asap, is unpaid leave your best option and no careers leave / benefit application best?
  6. jjm

    jjm Frequent Poster

    Hi dave 29
    The best and fasted way to get an answer/result is to go through social worker in the Hospital your child is/has attended