Blanchardstown Area Partnership
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND
KEEP SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS

There are now 2 different Social Welfare backed schemes which allow people
start a business and continue to receive their Social Welfare payments.

The amount you receive and length of time on scheme will depend on which
type of payment you are on and how long you have been in receipt of a payment.

BACK TO WORK ENTERPRISE ALLOWANCE
How Do I Qualify?
  • If you have been in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for 12 months or longer and
  • You must also meet the means test for Jobseekers Allowance
        (*see more information about Jobseekers payments below).

What Do I Get?
You will continue to receive your Social Welfare payments for 2 years;
  • 100% in year 1
  • 75% in year 2

  • You will hold onto a medical card, if you have one prior to being approved for the scheme.
  • You may continue to be eligible for rent supplement or mortgage interest supplements.
  • Any monies received through the BTWEA scheme is treated as non taxable income. 
SHORT TERM ENTERPRISE ALLOWANCE
How Do I Qualify?
  • If you are on Jobseekers Benefit, you qualify immediately to go on the scheme
        (**see more information about Jobseekers payments below).
  • Jobseekers Benefit is paid for either 6 months or 9 months, depending on your PRSI contributions.

What Do I Get?
You can go onto the Short-term Enterprise Allowance for whatever amount of time is left of your Jobseeker's Benefit entitlement. In other words, if you are entitled to 9 months and have been ‘signing’ for 4 months; you will have 5 months on the scheme.
  • You will hold onto a medical card, if you have one prior to being approved for the scheme.
  • You may continue to be eligible for rent supplements or mortgage interest supplement.
  • Any monies received on the STEA will be included in your taxable income.
        Therefore, you may incur a tax liability from this scheme.
Blanchardstown Area Partnership