Limerick TD asks for COVId-19 unemployment payment to be extended to…

first_imgMass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Background photo created by freepik – www.freepik.comWORKERS over the age of 66 are being penalised by the age limit on the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment according to a Limerick County elected representative who says people shouldn’t be “discriminated against because of their age”.Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick Niall Collins said his office has been receiving calls from workers over the Pandemic Unemployment Payment age threshold who are not entitled to the payment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The allowance is currently only available to people between the ages of 18-66.Deputy Collins said, “My office has been inundated with calls from workers over the age of 66 who are annoyed that despite being an active part of the workforce, they are not entitled to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment because they fall outside the age limitations.The Fianna Fáil TD said people who have kept working and contribute to the economy “are now being penalised by a crude decision”.“They are suffering the same financial difficulties as other workers who have lost their job as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and its public health ramifications,” he said, adding “However, they are not getting the same level of allowance.”Deputy Collins said he recognises people can apply for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme but doesn’t “see any reason why they should not be entitled to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, if they had been working up until the restrictions were imposed”.The Limerick County representative has called on the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to consider extending the current age criteria for the payment.“These people should not be discriminated against because of their age – they should be entitled to the same allowances as other workers affected by this public health emergency”, concluded Deputy Collins. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsPoliticsLimerick TD asks for COVId-19 unemployment payment to be extended to over 66sBy Cian Reinhardt – April 7, 2020 536 Email Twitter Print Linkedin Facebook TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and CountyNational center_img ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Advertisement Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions WhatsApp Previous articleThe Easter Bunny given the green light for this weekendNext articleQUIZ: Name the Limerick team defeated Waterford in the 2010 NFL Final Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions last_img read more