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Social Welfare System
Treatment Benefit:
A range of Dental, Optical and Aural (hearing aids) Benefits are available to PRSI contributors and their dependent spouses.

Details of the Treatment Benefit Scheme are available in the Guide to Social Welfare Services and in leaflet SW 24

Disability Benefit:
If you are unable to work due to illness you should apply for Disability Benefit within 7 days of becoming ill, otherwise you can lose benefit. To qualify for payment you will need to satisfy certain PRSI conditions. You can make a claim by completing a first medical certificate and claim form available from your doctor.

Details of the Disability Benefit Scheme are available in the Guide to Social Welfare Services and in leaflet SW 9

Occupational Injuries:
These are special payments for people who are injured in the course of their work or who contract an occupational disease. There are also payments available to the survivors of people who die as a result of an accident at work or due to a disease contracted at work.

The Payments include Injury Benefit, Disablement Benefit, Medical Care and Death Benefits (Survivors Benefits).

Disability Allowance:
Disability Allowance is a weekly allowance paid to people with a disability who are aged 16 or over and under age 66.

Details of this pension are available in the Guide to Social Welfare Services and in booklet SW 29

Free Schemes For Long-Term Ill:
If you are getting an Invalidity Pension or a Disability Allowance, you may qualify for the following Free Schemes subject to certain conditions:
Free Travel, Free Electricity Allowance, Free TV Licence, Free Telephone Rental Allowance and Fuel Allowance:

A complete list of the range of extra benefits and free schemes available can be found in Section 10 of the Guide to Social Welfare Services

Family Income Supplement (Fis):
This weekly tax-free payment provides support to families who are in employment and on a low income. Details of this allowance are available in the Guide to Social Welfare Services and in leaflet SW 22

Budgeting Advice:
The Department funds a number of projects around the country which address the problems of moneylending and indebtedness. Among these are the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) and the Household Budget Scheme.

Further information from:
I.R.D. Centre
Cathedral Road
Co. Mayo
Tel: (096) 72902
Money Adviser - Ms. Dolores O’Boyle
Administration - Ms. Lorraine Sheeran

Castlebar MABS
Humbert Mall
Tel: 28888

Galway MABS - North
Social Services Centre
Dublin Road
Co. Galway
Tel: (093) 24421
Fax (093) 26050
Money Adviser - Ms. Helen McKenna
Administration - Ms. Nellie Sweeney

Further Information From:

Social Welfare Regional Office,
Augustine House,
Merchants Road,
Tel: 091-5661191

Mayo Jobs Faciliator,
Government Buildings,
Co. Mayo.
Tel: 096-70449

Local Social Welfare Information Centres:
Social Welfare Office,
Tel: 096-21377

Social Welfare Office
16 New Antrim Street,
Tel: 094-23285

Social Welfare Office,
America Street,
Tel: 097-81029

Social Welfare Office,
Achill Sound,
Tel: 098-45101

Social Welfare Office,
Prospect Avenue,
Tel: (098) 25333

Other Social Welfare Offices:

Social Welfare Office,
Tel: (092) 41289

Social Welfare Office,
Ballyhaunis Road
Tel: 094-711745

Social Welfare Office,
Dublin Road,
Tel: (094) 51208

Social Welfare Office,
Upper Main Street,
Tel: 0907-30181

Detailed information about all of the Social Welfare Services available can be found in the Guide to Social Welfare Services. There is also a comprehensive list of the information leaflets, which are available, free from the Department.