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Social Welfare Benefits

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 May 2021

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Questions (151, 152)

Claire Kerrane

Question:

151. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons that moved from the pandemic unemployment payment to short-time work support jobseeker’s benefit since March 2020 to date; and the number of persons on short-time work support jobseeker’s benefit since March 2020 to date, by month in tabular form. [26743/21]

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Claire Kerrane

Question:

152. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons that have been taken off short-time work support jobseeker’s benefit since March 2020 to date; and the number of persons accessing or being moved different social protection payments following after they have stopped receiving the benefit by type of payment in tabular form. [26744/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 151 and 152 together.

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is available to those who have lost their jobs due to the restrictions necessitated by the public health emergency. The Short-Time Work Support scheme is a social insurance contribution payment provided under Jobseekers Benefit, for employees temporarily placed on a shorter working week by their employer and who are not being paid for days of unemployment.

Short-time work support jobseeker’s benefit is paid for up to 9 months (or 234 days) for people with 260 or more PRSI contributions paid. It is paid for up to 6 months (or 156 days) for people with fewer than 260 PRSI contributions paid. A person may requalify for Jobseekers Benefit if they have paid 13 PRSI employment contributions at the appropriate class after date of expiry of 156 days of Jobseeker’s Benefit and they have suffered a substantial loss of employment and earnings having lost at least 1 day of employment since the start of their current claim and satisfy all other statutory conditions.

Where a person exhausts their entitlement to Jobseekers Benefit/Short Time Work Support, they may be eligible for support under the Jobseeker's Allowance scheme. The Department will contact the recipient 10 weeks and 4 weeks in advance of the expiry date of their claim to advise them that their entitlement is due to expire and that they should make an application for Jobseekers Allowance. They will also be provided with an application form for Jobseekers Allowance.

Jobseekers Allowance has no duration limit as long as a person meets the qualifying scheme conditions including the means test. The maximum weekly rate of payment for Jobseekers Allowance is the maximum weekly rate as for Jobseekers Benefit, which is €203 and increases may be paid for qualifying adults and child dependents.

Over the time period requested by the Deputy (01 March 2020 to 16 May 2021), a total of 3,563 people who received a Pandemic Unemployment Payment were later supported by the Short-Time Work Support (STWS) scheme. This is set out in Table 1.

Over the same period, 10,142 people exited the STWS scheme, across 10,505 exits. Table 2 sets out the total number of exits by month, of which 3,329 people were in receipt of another social welfare payment in April 2021, and Table 3 details the payments these people received.

Table 1

Month

People moving from PUP to STWS

STWS total claims

March 2020

18

970

April 2020

226

2894

May 2020

246

3852

June 2020

214

2980

July 2020

284

2747

August 2020

203

2533

September 2020

342

2577

October 2020

470

3308

November 2020

416

3850

December 2020

136

3529

January 2021

209

4034

February 2021

320

3912

March 2021

259

4265

April 2021

140

4180

to 16th May 2021

80

3753

Total

3,563

49,384

Table 2

STWS Exits

Of which are people in receipt of a payment in April 2021

March 2020

109

40

April 2020

778

226

May 2020

1522

406

June 2020

700

173

July 2020

976

221

August 2020

955

258

September 2020

756

249

October 2020

828

271

November 2020

756

272

December 2020

671

339

January 2021

561

169

February 2021

535

161

March 2021

440

107

April 2021

606

247

to 16th May 2021

312

190

Total

10,505

3,329

Table 3

Payment

People

Back to Work /Back to Work Family Dividend

6

Carer's Allowance

6

Carer's Benefit

10

Child Benefit

2

Domiciliary Care

28

Exceptional Needs Payment/Supplementary Welfare Allowance

5

Illness Benefit

250

Jobseeker's Allowance

60

Jobseeker's Benefit*

1,620

Maternity Benefit

112

One Parent Family Payment

9

Pandemic Unemployment Payment

1,100

Parent's Benefit

9

Part-time job incentive for the self-employed

1

Paternity Benefit

16

Rent Supplement

26

State Pension Contributory

59

Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension

16

Total

3,329

* this includes Jobseeker's Benefit, Short Time Work Support, and Jobseeker's Benefit for the Self-employed

Question No. 152 answered with Question No. 151.
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