Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Insurance

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein)
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964. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if there is a requirement to pay PRSI on the pandemic unemployment payment; and if not, if this will be reckoned as a break in employment and that no contributions will be reckoned during the period in which recipients are deemed unemployed. [10505/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The COVID- 19 Pandemic Unemployment is not subject to PRSI.  It is proposed that workers in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme should be granted paid contributions for the duration of the emergency measures.  This will be important in order to protect a person’s entitlement to future payments - both long-term payments such as pensions and shorter term payments such as Illness, Maternity and Paternity Benefits which require a contribution record up to the date at which benefit is claimed.  Primary legislation is required for this proposal.

I trust this clarifies the position at this time.


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