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Thursday, February 25, 2021

SOCIAL WELFARE SUPPORT

Employer Refund Scheme

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty provided an update on developments regarding her Department’s Employer Refund Scheme. The new scheme allows the employer to pay the worker €203 and receive a refund from the State in the circumstances where the employer has ceased trading and as a result of financial difficulty have to temporarily lay off staff. Employers engaged with the scheme will be allowed to top up the payment provided by the State.

Extended time to collect payments at post offices

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has made arrangements with An Post that post offices are to hold social welfare payments for an extended period. All post office payments will be available for collection for 90 days after they are first due for collection. This measure means that our customers can schedule their post office visits and is in line with arrangements made by the department to promote social distancing.

Source: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/66d22e-covid-19-deasp-information-for-employers-and-employees-pdf/

Minister announces two weeks entitlement in a single payment

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, has announced that a single payment to cover two weeks will be made to social welfare customers, beginning next week (Monday 23 March       ) as a special response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Employer Refund Scheme

The department has introduced a refund scheme for employers. Under an arrangement developed with Revenue, employers who have to temporarily lay-off staff and who are not in a position to make any wage payment to them, are asked to keep their employees on the payroll and pay them an amount of €203 – the equivalent of the COVID-19 Support Payment.

Source: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/66d22e-covid-19-deasp-information-for-employers-and-employees-pdf/

GET MORE INFORMATION ON APPLICATION  : https://www.gov.ie/en/service/6c6582-employer-covid-19-refund-scheme/

Direct Payment to an Account in a Financial Institution

You can receive your social protection payments at any bank or post office of your choice, direct to your current or deposit account by completing the following form from Social Welfare. Please access the link: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/6aca97-social-welfare-contacts/#direct-payment-to-an-account-in-a-financial-institution

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