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Illness/Disability Payment Information

The following are general guidelines and apply only to those who participate in the AHEAD WAM Programme and who are in receipt of illness/disability related payments from the Department of Social Protection. The rules regarding these payments are extensive and AHEAD is not an expert in this area. Entitlements to welfare benefits are based on a case by case assessment basis and are generally governed by either social insurance contributions or means tested rules. Means tested rules will also apply to earnings received during the AHEAD WAM Programme.

However, WAM has secured an agreement with the Department of Social Protection whereby it has agreed to assist with the administration of illness/disability payment entitlements for graduates who take up a WAM placement. In effect, this means:

  • Means-tested payments (i.e. Disability Allowance and Blind Persons Pension) will be recalculated based on earnings and income and may be suspended for the duration of the placement. Payments will be recalculated again on completion of placement.
  • Insurance based payments (i.e. Invalidity Pension & Illness Benefit) will be suspended for the duration of the placement but will be reinstated on completion of placement. 

The WAM participant will not have to re-apply for the payment when their placement is finished.

If you are successful in securing a placement, you will be required to supply your PPSN to WAM who will liaise with the Department of Social Protection on your behalf. All PPSN information is deleted from WAM’s files once it is passed onto the department.

The WAM Team will inform the Department of Social Protection of your starting date however the WAM participant will be responsible for informing the Department of Social Protection the finish date of the placement.  

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