What is Illness Benefit?
Illness Benefit is a scheme to support you if you cannot work in the short term because you're sick or ill.
Illness Benefit is not linked to your employer’s policy on pay for sick leave.
Whether your employer pays you or not while you are out sick from work, you should claim Illness Benefit within 6 weeks of becoming ill.
If you cannot work in the short term because you have been medically certified to self-isolate or are ill due to COVID-19 you need to apply for the Payments for Self-Isolation or COVID-19 diagnosis.
Who can get Illness Benefit?
You may get Illness Benefit if:
- You are under 66 years of age
- You have enough PRSI Contributions
Where should I send my certificate?
If you have received an official Certificate of Incapacity for Work from your Doctor you should send it immediately to DSP Illness Benefit, PO Box 1650, Dublin 1 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure you send both sides of the certificate in the email, and follow up by sending the paper certificate in the post to the address above.
What do I need to complete the application?