As outlined by my colleague Minister Pascal O’Donoghue, TD, Budget 2020 has been framed in the shadow of Brexit. In the event of a no-Deal Brexit and its economic consequences, €365 million will be provided for extra Social Protection expenditure on the Live Register and related schemes with a further €45 million being made available to assist people to transition to new employment opportunities.
The 2020 revised estimates for my Department provide for expenditure next year on the jobseeker’s benefit scheme of €354.4 million in addition to €13.7 million for the new jobseeker's benefit for the self-employed that I expect will be introduced in the coming weeks. The short-time work support scheme will be a demand led scheme and will be funded from within the allocation provided for jobseekers.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.