BenefitsHere are some of the main benefits of joining RCPSA
Income Tax, Tax Credits
|Married person or civil partner||€3,300||€3,300|
|Employee Tax Credit (formerly known as the PAYE tax credit)||€1,650||€1,650|
|Earned Income tax credit||€550||€950|
|Widowed person or surviving civil partner qualifying for Single Person Child Carer Credit||€1,650||€1,650|
|Widowed person or surviving civil partner (without dependent children)||€2,190||€2,190|
|Widowed Person or Surviving Civil Partner in year of bereavement||€3,300||€3,300|
|Single Person Child Carer Credit||€1,650||€1,650|
|Incapacitated Child Credit||€3,300||€3,300|
Blind Tax Credit
Married – one spouse or civil partner blind
Married – both spouses or civil partners blind
Widowed person or surviving civil partner with dependent child tax credit
Bereaved in 2016
Bereaved in 2015
Bereaved in 2014
Bereaved in 2013
Bereaved in 2012
Bereaved in 2011
Age tax credit
Single, widowed or a surviving civil partner
Married or in a civil partnership
|Dependent relative tax credit||€70||€70|
|Home carer tax credit||€1,000||€1,100|
Fair Deal Scheme
The Nursing Homes Support Scheme, also known as the “Fair Deal” scheme is a scheme of financial support for people who need long term residential care services. Under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, people make a contribution towards the cost of their care and the State pays the balance.
The Nursing Homes Support Scheme is administered by the HSE in line with the legislation (Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009) and within the resources made available for the Scheme. Applicants cannot avail of State funding for a nursing home place prior to receiving approval of their Fair Deal application.
Under the Nursing Home Support Scheme, prices charged by Private Nursing Homes are agreed between the Private Nursing Home and the National Treatment Purchase Fund. A weekly price for the cost of care in Public Homes is also provided. Read more about the cost of care.
The scheme has a number of steps and these are set out in the detailed Nursing Homes Support Scheme Information booklet, which you can read or download on this page. Please note that if you were resident in a nursing home before the new scheme started, you should read section 10 of the information booklet carefully
- Lists of all public and private nursing homes and their weekly costs
- Links to Courts Service Website for Forms relating to Care Representative etc
You can also read or download a QUICK GUIDE TO THE NHSS SCHEME here.
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has a site providing information on Civil service pensions.
It can be found here: http://www.cspensions.gov.ie/
They also have an FAQ section for each sector:
FAQ 1: Established Civil Servants(including Prison Officers)Class B (Modified) PRSI
recruited before 6 April 1995
FAQ 2: Established Civil Servants(including Prison Officers)Class A PRSI
recruited on or after 6 April 1995
Single Public Service Pension Scheme
The Single Public Service Pension Scheme started on 1 January 2013. If you joined the public service on or after 1 January 2013
and are working in a pensionable post, this is likely the Pension Scheme that applies to you.
Some of the important elements of your Scheme are:
- It is a Career-Average Defined Benefit Pension Scheme. Your contributions are not invested in the stock market and your
retirement benefits are mainly based on a % of your pensionable earnings throughout your public service career as a member
of the Scheme.
- Each year, you bank amounts towards your retirement lump sum and your retirement pension. The amounts that you
bank are based on the pensionable pay that you receive each year as a member of the Scheme. The sum of these amounts,
with some adjustments for increases in inflation, determines what your retirement benefits will be. Your Scheme Leaflet
provides more information on how referable amounts are calculated.
- The normal retirement date for most members is the same as that for the State Pension. This is currently 66 years of age. It will rise to 67
in 2021 and 68 from 2028. Using your Date of Birth is the easiest way to figure out what your normal retirement age is under the Scheme:
- Age 66 Pension Age: If you were born before 1 January 1955
- Age 67 Pension Age: If you were born between 1 January 1955 and 31 December 1960
- Age 68 Pension Age: If you were born on or after 1 January 1961
- There is an upper compulsory retirement age of 70 years for most members of the Scheme.
- Following retirement, increases to your pension are linked to inflation.
The HSE provide a number of resources on their site regarding the Medical card.
Everyone aged 70 or over who applies for a medical card is subject to a means test. Read the National Assessment Guidelines
From 5th August 2015 everyone aged 70 or over, ordinarily resident in Ireland, will be eligible for free GP care regardless of income. All people aged 70 or over who do not have a Medical Card or GP Visit card can register to access this service.
Read more about GP Visit Card Over 70s
Medical Card Applications for everyone in this age group are now processed centrally in our Client Registration Service, Finglas, Dublin 11.
Information is available on this website and from the Client Registration office on Call Save 1890 252 919 or you can read more from the options below: