Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (350)

Paul McAuliffe

Question:

350. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Social Protection the social welfare supports available in the case of a person (details supplied). [2685/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

In the first instance there is an onus on employers to adhere to the relevant Public health guidelines and protocols to protect their employees and prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus.

Standard Illness Benefit payment may be payable subject to normal certification and eligibility criteria to a person with a serious health condition, where a medical practitioner provides a Certificate of Incapacity for Work that a person is incapable of work due to the medical condition. This may be paid for an extended period, depending on the person’s continued eligibility. This benefit is paid at a maximum weekly personal rate of €203. Increases may also be paid for qualifying adults and children.

The Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme, which is a means tested payment, is available to any person who is in need of financial support.

I hope that this clarifies the position at this time.