The Ministry for the Family has announced that the COVID-19 Parent Benefit is to be extended to reflect the current restrictions which are in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 and which have seen schools shifting to online lessons until the 11th April.
Parents employed in the private sector with children under 16 years of age, who are not able to work from home, and who due to the impact of COVID-19 and the closure of schools, between the 15th March and 11th April 2021 cannot go to work and are on unpaid leave, to take care of their children, may apply for this benefit. (Does not include employees, working with private companies, and who work or provide a service in a Government department or entity).
This benefit is applicable for married parents, parents in a civil union or parents who would be cohabiting, as well as single parents. If there would be the case that both parents would not be able to work then the benefit will be given to one of the two parents.
Who is eligible?
- Parent/s of children under 16
- Parent/s working full-time or part-time in the private sector (with some exclusions)
- Parent/s cannot work from home
- Parent/s who are not attending work and are on unpaid leave to take care of their children in any period between 15th March and 11th April 2021
- Parent/s whose employer is not receiving the Wage Supplement on their behalf
If a parent is eligible for this benefit, they will receive a direct payment of €166.15 per week if they work full-time or €103.85 per week if they work part-time. In addition, their Social Security Contribution will be paid and their future contributory pension rights safeguarded. Moreover, if the parent is entitled to Children’s Allowance their rate will be adjusted taking into consideration the new income earned and this may increase up to the maximum rate of €24.08 per week per child.
Apart from all this, if a parent is entitled to the In Work Benefit or to the Tapering of Benefits, they will continue to receive them without deductions.
Further information can be obtained HERE