As part of the government's response to the national emergency that is the COVID-19 outbreak, this evening the government is asking employers, if at all possible, to continue to pay workers during this period - at least at the jobseeker rate of €203 per week.
Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty emphasised:
The Minister explained that refunds will take some time to process but in the meantime the Banks will provide working capital finance in the form of overdrafts or short-term loans to cover costs.
The Minister announced that in addition to this fund, the department is introducing a new scheme for anyone whose employer is unable to continue to pay them due to a downturn in business. Minister Doherty will bring to Cabinet tomorrow details of the new scheme.
This evening, Minister Doherty stated:
The new payment that has been put in place will be available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The payment will have a simple one-page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week.
Individuals applying for the payment will be required to apply for the normal jobseeker’s payments within this 6 week period. Once this normal jobseeker claim is subsequently received, the department will process these claims and reconcile payments at that time. This will involve backdating increased payments for certain customers.
For those workers whose employers do lay them off without pay, and mindful of social distancing requirements, there is no need to visit an Intreo Centre. Intreo Centres have to apply social distancing recommendations so queues will be long and people who call may have to wait a long time.
Application forms can be downloaded online and submitted by post. Those people with a registered MyGovID account can make their claim online.
People are asked to assist the department over the next few days by applying for income support from the department through our online channels.
Information for people claiming a payment
There is no need for to attend your local Intreo Centre but you can apply in the following ways:
1) An application form for the new Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment can be downloaded here and returned to us at Free Post, PO BOX 12896, Dublin 1
2) You can apply for another income support from us through our online portal www.MyWelfare.ie (you will need a Public Services Card)
3) Phone us on 1890 800 024 or 01 2481398 and we will send you the relevant application form for the new payment
Minister Doherty added: