Government envisions a plan where Jobseekers in Ireland can get up to €450
By The Headlines, February 17, 2023 | 04:45 PM
The government envisions a plan where Jobseekers in Ireland can get up to €450 every week from Social Welfare.
The Minister for Fine Gael stated that by introducing the scheme, the significant fall in income when transitioning from employment to social welfare will be cushioned.
Minister Humphreys has announced that by the end of the year, individuals' social welfare payments will be linked to their prior earnings. This should help ensure a fairer, more progressive system of social protection.
The Fine Gael Minister highlighted that the new scheme will help reduce the sudden decrease in income for people who unfortunately lose their jobs and need to resort to welfare. As per the Irish Mirror, this will "soften the cliff edge drop" in compensation.
In order to receive the Jobseekers Pay-Related Benefit, individuals aged 66 and below must have been employed up until recently and must be actively looking for a job. The allowance serves as compensation for demonstrating a significant commitment to the workforce.
A person who has made five years' worth of PRSI contributions (including six or more earned in the past 12 months) can claim up to 60% of their former wage, with a cap at €450. Those who have contributed for five years or less will be able to enjoy a 50% discount on their previous income, with a maximum of €300 per week.
Jobseekers Allowance payments can be claimed for a duration of up to six months, with an upper limit of €220 set per week. This sum is the maximum amount that an individual can receive.
Minister Humphreys clarified that adults and children who are dependents can avail of extra allowances. The person in question can decide which scheme to opt for depending on the amount of money they desire to gain.
She explained that the Jobseeker's Allowance benefits are not limited to just the basic payments, but can also include extra allowances depending on factors such as the number of children one has or whether one's partner is employed or not. Rather than opting for the pay-related benefit, you may find that taking Jobseekers Allowance is more advantageous. So, if this is the case, then you can switch to that option.
Your salary is the sole determining factor for how much you get paid. This doesn't take into account other factors such as the number of dependents or benefits.
Minister Humphreys highlighted the fact that for people who suddenly find themselves unemployed, transitioning from a high wage to a social welfare payment can be a huge shock. She also pointed out that Ireland is an outlier compared to other European nations in terms of not having pay-related social welfare benefits.
Minister Humphreys announced the launch of a public consultation process for the scheme in Dublin on Friday. This consultation is open until the end of this month, and she will work with officials to create a plan after it is completed.
The proposal will subsequently be brought to the Government to explore if the new benefit could be implemented before the year ends. Further, it has been confirmed by a Fine Gael TD that there are no plans in motion regarding political changes or otherwise for those who are currently receiving benefits as Ukrainian refugees or International Protection Seekers.
Ms Humphreys expressed that it is "the right thing to do" to provide the same benefits to those escaping the war in Ukraine as an Irish citizen would receive. The Minister of Immigration stated that the weekly allowances given to international protection seekers remain unchanged - €38.80 for adults and €29.80 for children each week - with no plans to modify it.