Securing Your Income During COVID-19

Securing Your Income During COVID-19

Women in Ireland already experience economic inequalities and the impact of and response to COVID 19 has the potential to further entrench socio-economic inequalities.  

This page brings together information on COVID 19 and financial supports from the state as well as supports offered by other organisations.  

Reliable information on COVID 19 

You can find reliable and up to date information on COVID 19, social welfare and work here.  

 

Specific supports:  

Workers 

COVID 19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment 

If you have been laid off, you can apply for the COVID 19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. From 16th October 2020 - 31st March 2021, the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid at 4 rates. The rate you receive will depend on the amount you used to get paid.

*Level 5 update - January 2020* - Workers who cannot attend work due to childcare responsbilities during Level 5 are entitled to claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Illness Benefit 

If you are sick or have to self-isolate, there have been changes made to Illness Benefit to make it easier to access and the amount has increased.  

Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme 

As of 1st September, the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) has replaced the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme. The EWSS will run to 31st March 2021

Find out more information on the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

More information and support

You can contact the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) helpline for information on welfare rights and back to work supports on 01-8560088 or info@inou.ie 

You can contact Exchange House for information for Travellers on education, training and accommodation on 01-8721094

Lone parents 

If you were working and were also in receipt of any social welfare payment, you can claim the COVID-19 emergency payment, in addition to retaining your existing welfare payment, if you have lost your job.  

Maintenance payments

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has issued advice to lone parents who are no longer receiving maintenance for their child because the other parent has lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find information on what to do if your maintenance payment has been stopped

One Family  

One Family is Ireland’s national organisation for one-parent families. Some services have been curtailed in the interests of public healthThe One Family helpline remains open.   

You can contact the One Family helpline on 1890 66 2212 or 01 662 9212 or support@onefamily.ie  

 

Disabled women 

If you were working and were also in receipt of any social welfare payment, you can claim the COVID-19 emergency payment, in addition to retaining your existing welfare payment, if you have lost your job. 

Migrant workers 

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland has confirmed with government that all people – documented or undocumented – can access social welfare services free from fear during COVID19. 

Women who are carers 

If you were working and were also in receipt of any social welfare payment, you can claim the COVID-19 emergency payment, in addition to retaining your existing welfare payment, if you have lost your job.    

Care Alliance Ireland 

Care Alliance Ireland have set up an online family carer support group on Facebook. Please note you will need a Facebook account to access this private group. Join the support group here. 

Family Carers Ireland 

Family Carers Ireland offers a confidential, friendly and supportive Careline. Freephone 1800 24 07 24, Mon-Fri 9am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 12 noon. 

 

Childcare  

*Level 5 update - January 2020* - Workers who cannot attend work due to childcare responsbilities during Level 5 are entitled to claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Childcare providers can claim the Emergency Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) and can claim other supports such as a sustainability fund. If providers are accessing financial supports, fees should remain at pre-covid rates.

Find information on childcare during COVID-19 and the measures services are taking to keep children safe

Childminding Ireland have a wellness page for childminders with information on how you and your community can stay well. 

 

We are seeking to provide the most up to date and accurate information as possible. We are asking our members to send us information on services they are providing for women during COVID-19.   

If your organisation is offering supports for women or has resources relevant to women during COVID-19 please email them to Silke at silkep@nwci.ie  

 

Further information for women during COVID-19: