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Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance is a payment for people with a specified disability whose income falls below certain limits and who are aged between 16 and under 66.

  • This is a means-tested allowance.

  • Disability Allowance is not taxable.

  • Disability Allowance is a  payment for people with a specified disability whose income falls below certain limits and who are aged between 16 and under 66.

  • The medical criteria which must be satisfied in order to qualify for Disability Allowance are:

    ○    The person must be suffering from an injury, disease, congenital deformity or physical or mental illness or defect which has continued or may reasonably be expected to continue for a period of at least a year

       And

    ○    As a result of the condition the person is substantially restricted in undertaking work which would otherwise be suitable having regard to the person's age, experience and qualifications.

  •  This would mean that the person's capacity to undertake or carry out work would be substantially less than that of a person without the specified Disability in question.

  • The person must be habitually resident in the state.

  •  Payment rate : As of March 2018 the maximum rate of Disability Allowance is €198.00 for the claimant. An additional payment of up to €131.40 may be paid for a Qualified adult and an amount of €31.80 for a Qualified child.

  • The person must satisfy a means test which has a variety of components which are fully dealt with at the  links immediately below.

  • A more comprehensive treatment on Disability Allowance rules and procedures will be found at the same links Citizens Information or DEASP