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New Social Insurance Scheme for Self Employed

  • 29/04/2019
  • Author:bridgetmccall

Will support people who lose their self employment and are covered by social insurance

Workman in kitchen

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D., has announced the introduction of a new social insurance benefit scheme for the self-employed from this November. The new scheme of Jobseeker's Benefit (Self-Employed) will support those who lose their self-employment and are covered by social insurance.

This new initiative will provide assurance to people setting up or running their own business that the State is there to support them if their efforts to create employment and an income for their families and employees suffer as a consequence of their business ceasing.

Speaking on the importance of the scheme, Minister Doherty said:

“This new benefit supports the Government’s aim of creating a supportive environment for entrepreneurship, including providing an income safety net to employees and self-employed alike."

Up to 6,500 individuals could benefit

It is estimated that up to 6,500 individuals could benefit from this support at any point in time in a full year. Under the scheme, applicants will have access to the full range of employment supports available to other jobseekers, such as referral to group information sessions, one-to-one interviews and subsequent caseworker support.

Source: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection press release: Minister Doherty Announces a New Social Insurance Scheme

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