New rules stripping those on unemployment assistance of their payments because they leave the State could be vulnerable to legal challenge, civil liberties and legal experts have said.
The newly formed Government of the 33rd Dáil has committed to trialling Basic Income (BI) in Ireland over the next five years. The announcement was made in the Programme for Government (PfG) agreed between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party. The document details a long list of actions that the next government aims to implement, with this commitment on BI being included under ‘Anti-poverty and Social Inclusion Measures’ on p.86.
As people grow old and their health deteriorates, they are likely to require help with everyday activities that were once second nature; they need what is commonly termed long-term care (LTC). With demand for LTC in old age expected to grow, OECD countries face significant challenges in balancing financial sustainability with the provision of effective social protection against the financial risks associated with developing LTC needs – the cost of care can far exceed median incomes and its duration can be many years.
The emergency welfare payment for workers who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis will increase to €350 per week.
And in a significant new move the Government will also pay 70pc of employee wages up to €410 per week for businesses who are willing to meet the remainder of their staff’s weekly payment.
Social welfare recipients will receive two-week payments over the next week. It comes as An Post has urged customers to practice social distancing at its post offices. Payments are to begin being paid in two-week installments starting either today, Monday, or next Monday, March 30. Most of those in receipt of social welfare payments will receive the double installment this week.
Q&A: Unemployment benefit and new wage subsidy scheme explained.
People who applied for the COVID-19 welfare payment, should have the money in their account by tomorrow. The government’s issued an update, as we enter the second full week of isolation measures.