Limerick TD calls for clarity on part-time workers’ entitlement to COVID19 Unemployment Payment

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Willie O'Dea
Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O'Dea

A LIMERICK politician has called on Government to clarify if people who were on a partial Jobseekers payment and lost their jobs are entitled to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment payment.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Employment Affairs and Social Protection Willie O’Dea TD said part-time workers in receipt of partial jobseekers payment were “led to believe that they would be getting the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment payment of €350 per week”.

But the Limerick TD said, “but now the Department has stated that they are only entitled to €203 per week. This is shifting the goalposts and is in my view is deeply unfair.

“Either the Government has not thought through its proposals or Department officials aren’t operating the new proposals in the spirit of how they were drafted.

“The Minister should seek to immediately clarify the issue and when the government draws up the regulations, it should ensure that this anomaly is rectified and that part-time workers receive the full €350”.