Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (489)

Denis Naughten

Question:

489. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Social Protection her views on the issues of concern raised by a person (details supplied) with regard to Bord na Móna seasonal workers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6400/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a statutory support which is available to people who have lost their employment as a direct consequence of Covid-19.

If an employee loses their job for reasons which are not related to Covid-19, they can avail of support under the Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowances schemes. Jobseeker's Benefit is a social insurance scheme based on an individual’s PRSI record and Jobseeker's Allowance is a social assistance scheme which is subject to a means test.

I trust that this clarifies the position in so far as entitlement to social protection benefits is concerned.