4. Government Information Services and Financial Support

The Citizen Information 

The Citizen Information Board is the statutory body which supports the provision of information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services. Their website offers a host of information on schemes, benefits and services that people in palliative care may be able to avail of. It is best to make contact with your local Citizen Information office to see what you may be entitled to: Find your local centre

Citizens Information Phone Service

The Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board. CIPS provides a comprehensive and confidential information service to people throughout the country, mainly over the phone but also through other channels such as email.

CIPS also operates a Live Advisor instant chat service. Live Advisor is available between the hours of 9am and 5pm (Monday to Friday) and is targeted specifically toward people with hearing and speech difficulties and to others who have difficulty communicating by telephone.

CIPS number: 0761 07 4000 | Fax: 021 452 1604 | Email: information@citizensinformation.ie

They also provide a checklist of entitlements that carers maybe able to avail of: Checklist for carers

Website: www.citizensinformation.ie

Income Tax, Allowances and Exemptions

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners contains all the information you need to find out income tax relief, allowances and exemptions.  Below are some quick links to some of the tax relief, allowances and exemptions you may qualify for. However, you may be able to avail of many more so it is advised you ring your local revenue office: Find your local revenue office

Website: www.revenue.ie

Government benefits and welfare allowances

There maybe a number of government benfits and welfare allowances that you qualify for. In general the Dept of Social Protection handles these schemes and decides who qualifies. Below are a few of the key schemes they currently offer, however, as with tax relief, allowances and exemptions you may qualify for other schemes so it is important you contact your local centre to see what you qualify for: Find your local centre

Website: www.welfare.ie 

National Clinical Programme for Palliative Care

The programme was established in 2010 as a joint initiative of the HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division and the Royal College of Physicians.
The programme aims to ensure that persons with life-limiting conditions and their families can easily access a level of palliative care service that is appropriate to their needs regardless of care setting or diagnosis.

Website: National Clinical Programme for Palliative Care

Health Services Executive Services 

The HSE provides all of Ireland’s public health services, in hospitals and communities across the country. The website includes provides links to HSE services across the country and provides information on 600+ treatments and conditions. For help finding services Call our Infoline on 1850 24 1850 or 041 6850300 

Website: Health Services Executive Services