Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Print

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.

You can avail of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance if you are:

 

  • Setting up as self-employed in a business that has been approved in advance in writing by a Job Facilitator or Partnership Company
  • And getting a Jobseeker's Allowance for 12 months

Or

  • Unemployed for 2 years and getting Jobseeker's Benefit. However, if you have an underlying entitlement to Jobseeker's Allowance and are unemployed for one year you can qualify for the allowance. If you don't have an underlying entitlement to Jobseeker's Allowance, you must have a combination of qualifying social welfare payments for 2 years. Signing on for unemployment credits following your Jobseeker's Benefit will not count towards the qualifying period.

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