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Back to Work Family Dividend

Find out if you might be entitled to BTWFD

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The Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD) is a weekly payment for parents who move from social welfare into employment or self-employment. You can qualify if you were claiming a jobseeker’s payment or a one-parent family payment before you took up work.

The BTWFD lasts for up to two years and is initially worth the increases you were getting for your children on your welfare payments.

How much is the dividend worth?

For the first year, the BTWFD payment is worth the total amount you had been receiving as welfare increases for your children. This is up to a limit of €127.20 per week, the amount for four children.

For the second year of BTWFD the figure is halved. You don’t pay tax on your BTWFD payments.

Am I eligible for BTWFD?

In order to get BTWFD you must have at least one qualified child and have been receiving one of the following payments until immediately before you got a job:

Your job must be in the Republic of Ireland and you must take up the work within four weeks of exiting your welfare scheme. You and all of your family members will have to sign off all primary social welfare payments in order to receive BTWFD.

BTWFD and other welfare payments

You can get BTWFD if any of you are receiving any the following payments:

  • Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Disablement Benefit and Death Benefit
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Family Income Supplement
  • Exceptional and Urgent Needs payments under the SWA scheme
  • Non-contributory Guardian’s Payment
  • Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit for up to 36 days
  • Mortgage Interest Supplement
  • Rent Supplement
  • Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant

You can’t get BTWFD if you, your spouse or any dependent family members are getting a primary social welfare payment or are on an employment or training scheme. 

How do I apply for BTWFD?

If you qualify for BTWFD, you can fill out the BTWFD 1 form available here. Send or deliver your completed form to your local Intreo centre or social welfare office. The staff will be able to help out with any questions or assistance you need. If you feel you were wrongly turned down for BTWFD, you can appeal to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. You can find more information about filling out the form here.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service is for 16 to 25 year olds and is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

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Published Novem­ber 26th2016
Tags employee employment work jobs social welfare social welfare scheme
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