If you are receiving a social welfare payment such as Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit, you must inform your local Intreo Centre or social welfare office if you are going to start work.
Signing off the dole
If you are currently receiving social welfare supports such as Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit, you will need to close your payment claim if you plan to start working.
How can I sign off the dole?
You can sign off the dole on the MyWelfare website if you have a MyGovId. You can also close your Jobseeker’s payment by contacting your local Intreo Centre or social welfare office. Once you let them know that you are going to start working soon, they will ensure that you continue to receive your payments up to the date you start working.
Can I still receive social welfare supports when I sign off the dole?
Your local Intreo Centre or social welfare office will be able to give you advice about the possibility of keeping some of your existing benefits and supports when you return to work. Find out more about what social welfare supports you can retain when you enter employment.
When you start work, you may also be entitled to other benefits such as the Working Family Payment.
If you are currently receiving social welfare supports and plan to return to work, the benefit of work estimator tool will be able to show you how this will affect your take-home pay.
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