Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
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1192. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the Covid-19 payment will be prolonged beyond the current timeframe for artists and freelance technicians involved in the artistic industry (details supplied). [7003/20]

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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1221. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if there will be a change to the eligibility criteria to qualify for the pandemic unemployment payment in June 2020 in view of the announcement that the payment will be extended; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5939/20]

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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1222. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the extension to the pandemic unemployment payment will follow the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business; if persons will no longer be eligible for the payment once their industry or place of employment is allowed to reopen as envisaged in the roadmap; if allowances will be made for persons who cannot return to work for medical or childcare reasons; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5940/20]

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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1223. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if students that were working part-time or on an ad hoc basis will continue to receive the pandemic unemployment payment once it is extended in June 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5941/20]

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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1224. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the length of time the pandemic unemployment payment will extended for; the estimated expenditure on same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5942/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 1192, 1221, 1222, 1223 and 1224 together.

This week, my Department issued COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment payments valued at over €200 million to 585,000 people. Projected expenditure for up to 12 weeks payment is in excess of €2.2 billion.

The Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, published by the Government on 1 May 2020 sets out a timetable for the phased reopening of society and the economy and envisages a series of steps which will lead to the resumption of various sectors of the economy. As this situation continues to evolve, decisions around the future of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be taken by Government having regard to a range of factors including how the public health situation evolves and the effects of the re-opening of Phase 1 which are being carefully monitored.

I trust this clarifies the position at this time.

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