Invalidity pension is seen as a payment to support a worker who is no longer able to support themselves having contributed to the workforce in the past.
It is not considered a benefit but a necessary financial support until they reach normal State pension age. It is paid on a weekly basis at around €213.50 per week with an additional payment for dependent adults and children.
For example, if a recipient of the Invalidity pension has a dependent spouse then they will receive an additional payment of around €152.50.
If they have children, then they will receive a weekly increase of around €40 per week for each child under the age of 12. For children over the age of 12 they will receive an additional payment of around €48.
Recipients of the Invalidity pension will receive a free travel pass and may be entitled to apply for the Household Benefits Package.
This is a scheme designed to assist certain classes of people to pay for the cost of running their home. It includes contributions towards the cost of gas and electricity as well as a television license.
In normal circumstances it is paid to households with people over the age of 70 but in certain circumstances people on invalidity pension may also apply for it.