Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (70)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Ceist:

70. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the arts scheme is open to actors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8045/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

A pilot initiative to exempt self-employed visual artists and writers from my Departments activation measures was introduced under the Creative Ireland Programme which involved collaboration between my Department and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with the support and advice of the Arts Council.  It was decided after consultation that the pilot would apply to members of Visual Arts Ireland (VAI) and the Irish Writers Centre (IWC).

A commitment was given to review the scheme which my Department is currently undertaking and will be completed over the coming months. The findings of the review will inform any further decisions on the future of this pilot including extension to other disciplines.

While actors are not currently in a position to access this pilot, they can qualify for a jobseeker’s allowance payment provided they satisfy the conditionality and the means test. 

I trust this clarifies the position at this time.