Farm Assist

Farm Assist and Rural Social Scheme recipients in line for €2 million Christmas Bonus

Farm Assist and Rural Social Scheme recipients in line for €2 million Christmas Bonus

Recipients of the Farm Assist and Rural Social Scheme payments are in line for a Christmas Bonus to the tune...

November 27, 2020

Farm Assist applicants to benefit from extension to fuel allowance scheme

Farm Assist applicants to benefit from extension to fuel allowance scheme

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has announced the start of the National Fuel Scheme for the 2020/2021 season which...

September 30, 2020

Over 13,000 total beneficiaries of Farm Assist in 2019

Over 13,000 total beneficiaries of Farm Assist in 2019

There were over 13,000 total beneficiaries of the Farm Assist payment in 2019, including recipients and qualifying dependents. New data...

August 31, 2020

Cohort of farmers ‘denied justice’ by not being informed they had to pay PRSI

Cohort of farmers ‘denied justice’ by not being informed they had to pay PRSI

A TD has said that a cohort of farmers have been “denied justice” by not being informed they had to...

August 10, 2020

Calls made for Farm Assist payments to be increased

Calls made for Farm Assist payments to be increased

There have been calls for Farm Assist payments to be increased in line with the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment for...

April 15, 2020

FF calls for simpler process for farm assist applications

FF calls for simpler process for farm assist applications

Fianna Fáil is calling for the process of applying for the Farm Assist Scheme to be simplified, arguing that farmers...

April 9, 2019

Farm Assist and state pension receive €5 boost

Farm Assist and state pension receive €5 boost

Recipients of social welfare – including Farm Assist and the state pension – will start to receive an increase in...

March 27, 2018

Man who falsely claimed benefits has cash stripped from farm assist payment

Man who falsely claimed benefits has cash stripped from farm assist payment

A man who worked for a fertiliser manufacturer for a year has been fined after claiming €9,024 in illegal social...

July 4, 2017

Farm Assist recipients fall 33% in 5 years

Farm Assist recipients fall 33% in 5 years

The number of recipients of Farm Assist has declined 33% since 2012, according to figures supplied to AgriLand from the...

June 26, 2017

Expenditure of almost €83m to be provided for Farm Assist in 2017

Expenditure of almost €83m to be provided for Farm Assist in 2017

In 2017, revised estimates for the Department of Social Protection provide for expenditure of almost €83m on the Farm Assist...

January 26, 2017

Number of farmers applying to farm assist falls (€88.4m paid out last year)

Number of farmers applying to farm assist falls (€88.4m paid out last year)

The number of farmers applying to Farm Assist has fallen since 2012, new figures from the Department of Social Protection...

July 15, 2016

Any changes to Farm Assist will be next year at the earliest – Varadkar

Any changes to Farm Assist will be next year at the earliest – Varadkar

Any forthcoming changes to the Farm Assist Scheme will not be implemented until next year at the earliest, according to the...

July 1, 2016

Varadkar commits to review of Farm Assist scheme

Varadkar commits to review of Farm Assist scheme

Newly appointed Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, has committed to a review of the Farm Assist scheme. The Programme...

May 27, 2016

‘Reintroduction of income disregards must be part of Farm Assist review’

‘Reintroduction of income disregards must be part of Farm Assist review’

The Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, has been called on to ensure the reintroduction of income and child disregards...

May 23, 2016

Over 8,000 farmers receive Farm Assist payments during March

Over 8,000 farmers receive Farm Assist payments during March

Over 8,000 farmers were in receipt of Farm Assist payments during March, according to the Department of Social Protection. In...

May 6, 2016

Budget changes to Farm Assist save the Government €10m a year

Budget changes to Farm Assist save the Government €10m a year

Changes made in the Budgets of 2012 and 2013 to the Farm Assist scheme saw the Government save over €10m...

December 18, 2015

‘When was the last time you were on a farm?’- Burton criticised over farm assist changes

‘When was the last time you were on a farm?’- Burton criticised over farm assist changes

The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton came in for some severe criticism in the Dail this week over recent...

November 18, 2015

No plans to change Farm Assist criteria – Burton

No plans to change Farm Assist criteria – Burton

There are no plans to change the current criteria for accessing Farm Sssist applications, according to the Minister for Social...

October 5, 2015