Galway Peoples' Resource Centre

Tel: 091 – 564822, Email: info@gprc.ie

Welfare Entitlements

The Department of Social and Family Affairs (DSFA) is the Government Department that controls and administers most income supports in Ireland but some are administered by the Health Service Executive through local centres.

Jobseekers Benefit
If you are unemployed you may qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) which is based on your social insurance record. A fundamental qualifying condition for Jobseekers Benefit is that you must be available for full time work.

Jobseekers Allowance
If you are unemployed and do not qualify for Jobseekers Benefit you may qualify for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) which is based on your weekly means

Jobseekers Allowance

Supplementary Welfare Allowance
is run by the Health Service Executive through Community Welfare Officers at local offices of the Health Service Executive. The Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme consists of a basic payment, called Supplementary Welfare Allowance, is a weekly allowance paid to people who do not have enough means to meet their needs and those of their qualified adult or any qualified children.

To find out if you qualify for Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) please go to: www.welfare.ie

List of Offices Administering Supplementary Welfare Allowance in Galway City & County

Rent Supplement
If you are having difficulty paying your rent and you are getting a social welfare or Health Service Executive payment, you may qualify for a Rent Supplement.

Mortgage Interest Supplement
If you are having difficulty paying your mortgage and you are getting a social welfare or Health Service Executive payment, you may qualify for a Mortgage Interest Supplement.

For a full listing of all other schemes run by the Department of Social and Family Affairs

Schemes and Services