Workers who lose jobs may soon be entitled to enhanced welfare payments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humpreys

WORKERS who lose their jobs may soon be able to avail of weekly welfare payments of up to €450.

That’s what was promised by Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys, who is to bring a proposal to Cabinet for new pay-related benefits.

The new benefits will see those who lose their jobs receive welfare equalling 60 per cent of their weekly income to a maximum of €450 per week.

Pending Government approval, the provision may come into effect as early as next year.