We have received a number of queries in last few days in relation to illness benefits and job seekers allowance. Emergency legislation was passed by the Government last Monday which will pay out illness benefit in the following circumstances:
- the current 6-day waiting period for Illness Benefit will not apply to anyone who has COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or is in medically-required self-isolation
- the personal rate of Illness Benefit will increase from €203 per week to €305 per week for a maximum of 2 weeks medically-required self-isolation or for the full duration of absence from work following a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- the normal social insurance requirements for Illness Benefit will be changed or the means test for Supplementary Welfare Allowance will be removed
If you are concerned about your own personal sickness cover or would like to discuss your existing sickness/protection policies please contact Jigsaw Financial Solutions Ltd at 01-2839360.
For those who are laid off temporarily or put on to short time working can apply for job seekers payment.
During these challenging time I want to reassure you that Jigsaw’s Covid-19 Business Continuity is in place and fully operational. We have implemented measures across our business to protect and ensure continuity service and the safety of the team, as the Covid-19 situation unfolds.Whilst our normal business meetings will be impacted, I wish to assure you that we are well prepared to continue supporting you trough this National challenge. Our core business functions and essential services will be maintained and our normal contact will be fully operational.