• Paula Travers

Job Seeker's Benefit for Self-Employed People

It is fair to say that we are in uncharted territory. Covid19 is having, and will continue to have, far reaching consequences, affecting every aspect of our lives. I am endeavouring to play my part by sharing my knowledge, and by providing useful timely advice to worried business owners. So the government has provided fairly comprehensive details of what supports are available to employees who cannot work during the #covid19 crisis. But what about ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ themselves? Unfortunately you tend to get forgotten at times.โฃ โฃ The good news is that since November 2019 self employed workers are entitled to claim ๐™…๐™ค๐™—๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ ๐™š๐™ง'๐™จ ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™›๐™ž๐™ฉ (๐™Ž๐™š๐™ก๐™›-๐™€๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™š๐™™). You are entitled to apply for this if your business has reduced significantly or closed.โฃ โฃ Here's a quick summary of the rules to qualify for this benefit..You must:โฃ 1) Be aged between 18 & 66.โฃ 2) No longer be self-employed; you must have ๐™ก๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ.โฃ 3) Be unemployed (you can work as an employee up to 3 days each week to get part payment).โฃ 4) Be capable of work.โฃ 5) Be available for & genuinely seeking full-time work.โฃ 6) Have enough PRSI contributions.โฃ Full details of those requirements are available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/a030c1-jobseekers-benefit-self-employed/#what-jobseekers-benefit-self-employed-is โฃ The rate for a full week is โ‚ฌ203.โฃ โฃ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ ๐š ๐๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐‚๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐–๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž:โฃ - (01) 2481398 ๐จ๐ซโฃ - (1890) 800024โฃ โฃ ๐๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ค ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ.โฃ ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ฎ๐ ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฑ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ & ๐ž๐ง๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ.


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