One Parent Family Payment – Changes in Budget 2012
The the upper age limit of the youngest child for new claimants of the One-Parent Family Payment will be reduced to 7 years on a phased basis between now and 2014 (It is currently 14 for new claims) . It will be reduced to 12 years with effect from 2012.
Where a recipient is also on the Community Employment Scheme – they will no lobger be entitled to two qualified child increases (currently €29.80 per week)
The income disregard for One Parent Benefit will be reduced – over five years – from €146.50 to €60 per week, for new and existing claimants and the the transitional payment where income exceeds €425 per week will be stopped too