Dáil debates

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

10:30 am

Photo of Claire KerraneClaire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

The Minister might come back to me on that constituent who is working part-time, which is the income being taken into account with regard to his PUP rate, but he is also self-employed and that is the bulk of his income. I have contacted the Minister on that and I would appreciate a response.

On the new condition now introduced that people in receipt of PUP have to seek work, again, do self-employed people on the PUP now need to seek work? During the debate last night, the Minister said that the Department would take a common-sense approach, which I welcome, but how will that work? Is the Minister expecting the PUP recipients to contact her Department depending on whether their workplace has yet to reopen, and how that will work? Finally, I asked the Minister this question last night but I ask again if job activation schemes such as JobPath will be knocking on these people's doors, so to speak, looking for them to engage if they are in receipt of the PUP?


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