Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú)
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1207. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the monthly costs for March and April 2020 with regard to all welfare supports as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown; and the estimated monthly costs for May, June, July and August 2020 with regard to all welfare supports as a result of the announced restrictions. [5692/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The cost of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment was €111 million in March 2020 and €770 million in April 2020.

The cost of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme was €22.8 million in March 2020 and €636.1m in April 2020.

A similar level of expenditure is expected on these schemes in May and for the earlier part of June.  Expenditure beyond this will be dependent upon the impact of the phased return to work and retention and adaptation of these schemes.

The cost of enhanced COVID-19 Illness Benefit funded from the existing Illness Benefit scheme is estimated at €30 million over the period March to April 2020.

The fuel season was extended for 4 weeks up to 8th May 2020 in recognition of the COVID-19 emergency when people are being asked to cocoon and self-isolate at home.  The cost of this measure is estimated at €34 million.

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