Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to become self-employed. If you take part in the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme you can keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years.

Rates of pay:

100% for the first year

75% for the second year

You can qualify for a Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) if you are in receipt of any of the following welfare payments (Please note there is an eligibility period depending on the payment you are on)

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Jobseeker's Benefit (with an underlying entitlement to Jobseeker's Allowance)*
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Blind Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Care’s Allowance (having stopped caring duties)
  • Farm Assist
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Incapacity Supplement
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Contributory) Pension
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit or Allowance
  • Prisoner's Wife's Allowance
  • Illness Benefit for 3 years

For further information on this scheme you can contact your local DSP Office/ Local Employment Service Office/ Partnership Company

Other supports available for those starting a new business: TAT Grants

The Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) fund is designed to help people getting the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance with certain costs involved starting a business. You do not have an automatic entitlement to TAT. Assistance from this fund must be approved by the Jobs Facilitator in your social welfare local office. Payments from the fund must be made directly to the provider of the service.