Last edited: 12 May 2010 Many posters are familiar when looking for information of Social Welfare schemes that the official site to access is www.welfare.ie. However, that site is not very user-freindly and, very often, the information given on the schemes is sparse and ambigious, if you can navigate to it in the first place! Here is a tip. The 'real story' of how these schemes are operated is 'hidden' in the 'operational guidelines' link which is usually found down the right-hand side of the scheme page you are accessing; these ire the guidelines that staff use when deciding claims and they cover all aspects of dealing with applications, the 'nitty-gritty' of how decisions on all claims are made. To help posters, below is some of the more popular schemes, with 'Operational Gudielines' links: One-Parent Family Payments (formerly Unmarried Mother's Allowance) Family Income Supplement Child Benefit (formerly Children's Allowance) State Pension (Contributory) (formerly Old-Age Pension) State Pension (Non-Contributory) (formerly Old age Pension) Illness Benefit (formerly Disability Benefit) Disability Allowance Back to Education Schemes: Back to Education Allowance: Second Level and Third Level education option for jobseekers. Back to College Initiative: 2,500 free part-time college places were made available to certain jobseekers from Sept 2009. Part-time Education Allowance: Same as above, but for part-time students.