Senator Mary Moran
Local INTREO offices through the county are accepting applications for the new Back to Work Family Dividend from this week onwards.
The new dividend helps parents move from welfare to work by allowing them to retain the €29.80 Qualified Child Increase payment that they previously would have been lost in the event that they secured work.
Senator Mary Moran said: “This is a real example of how we are making it easier for people to return to the workplace, and making the recovery real for people in Louth. I am pleased that, as of this week, INTREO offices are accepting applications so that local parents can begin to avail of this crucial financial support.
“The Back To Work Family Dividend was introduced in Budget 2015 by Joan Burton as a means to give unemployed parents a greater incentive to go back to work. Jobseekers who secure employment retain the full payment for the first year and it continues on a phased basis thereafter.
“For a family with one child, its means that over two years, they will receive additional support of €2,324 to supplement wages. A family with two children will receive €4,649, those with three children will get €6,973, while those with four or more will get €9,298.
“It is a key priority for me that people in our community start to feel the effects of the economic recovery in their pockets. The Dividend is one such example of how we are attempting to achieve this, while others include the increase to Child Benefit, and the cut of 1% in the top rate of income tax – both measures which take effect this month. It’s important that we continue to help people share in this hard-won recovery.
“In the meantime, I would encourage any local parent who has gained employment and will qualify for the Dividend to call their local INTREO office so that they can avail of this crucial support.”
Local INTREO Centres can be found at the following locations…
Intreo Centre Dundalk
Area Covered: Dundalk, Dromiskin, Blackrock, Knockbridge, Omeath, Carlingford
Address: Government Buildings, St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Opening Hours: 9:30 to 16:00 (10:30 on Thurs)
Intreo Centre Drogheda
Area Covered: Drogheda, Termonfeckin, Duleek, Bettystown, Julianstown, Bellewstown, Dunleer (part of), Clogherhead, Mornington
Address: Custom House Quay, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Telephone: (041) 9871130
Fax: (041) 9836675
Opening Hours: 9.30-16.00
Social Welfare Branch Office, Ardee
Area Covered: Ardee, Annagassan, Castlebellingham, Collon, Drumconrath, Tallanstown, Dunleer(part of)
Address: Moore Hall, Ardee, Co. Louth
Telephone: (041) 6850950
Fax: (041) 6856677
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00