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Update to COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Scheme:This payment has been increased from €203 to €350. If any employee has already applied directly before the 24th March or are already in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, they do not need to do anything. Their next payment will be paid at the increased rate.The payment was originally to last for six weeks but will now be paid for the duration of the pandemic emergency.The quickest and easiest way for new applicants to apply for the emergency Covid-19 payment is by applying online at mywelfare.ie. All an employee needs is an email to set up a basic MyGovID account which then allows them to apply online.
CLAIMING PAYMENTS FOR TEMPORARY LAY-OFFS
In light of the increased volume in the local Intreo Offices, the following measures have been organised by Intreo in consultation with Tralee Chamber Alliance for the Kerry Region.
Dept Social Welfare Q&A 18.3.20 – FAQ’s on Payment Process from Dept. of Social Welfare
If you or your Employees have a Public Service Card please make an online application: Online applications can be made through mywelfare.ie or www.gov.ie/deasp
In all Cases there are 2 Steps detailed below:
– Step One – To be done Immediately
– Step Two – To be done in the coming weeks
See Note at Bottom for Returning Forms
Click Here to Download the Covid-19 Jobseekers Payment Guide – which explains the process for employees to apply for the covid-19 emergency unemployment payment.
Click Here to Download the One Pager Application form for each member of staff – submit this immediately.
This new payment is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment has a simple one–page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to the unemployed and provide income security during this 6-week period. *Note this does not deal with the Dependent/Additional needs, see step two below:
Individuals applying for the above payment will also be required to apply for the normal jobseeker’s payments within the 6-week period. Once this normal jobseeker claim is subsequently received, the department will process these claims and reconcile payments at that time. This will involve backdating increased payments for certain customers.
Please see below the necessary information in relation to the steps to applying for and processing Applications for Jobseekers Payments.
We have attached Forms and Information Sheets to aid you and your Employees in applying.
Please refer to the correct category of form based on each individuals circumstance. Please attach any additional information that may be required depending on the Employee/Self-Employed person’s circumstances i.e married or co-habiting etc. Any queries on completing these forms, contact the below North Kerry or South Kerry numbers as relevant.
Submit Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit Application Form above AND
CLICK HERE FOR UP01B Means Test Application Form – AND
CLICK HERE FOR EFT Payment Method 03_20 – Your Bank details if you wish to be paid into the bank
CLICK HERE FOR UP1 JBSE – Application Form – Jobseekers Benefit (for Self-Employed)
CLICK HERE FOR UP1b JBSE Additional Information Form – Jobseekers Additional Information if you are Self Employed
It is essential you include a letter with your application from the employer with the following information:
Additional Information that may be required:
As a temporary measure for the foreseeable future, the following procedure has been agreed with Intreo in Kerry:
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme is available to employers who keep employees on the payroll throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning employers can retain links with employees for when business picks up after the crisis. It provides a subsidy through the payroll system of 70% of an employee’s wages up to a maximum of €410 per week per employee.
If you wish to avail of the Wage Subsidy Scheme (70%) where you are retaining your staff, then click here: REVENUE GUIDANCE.
During the lockdown, all businesses are advised to ensure their Insurance Policy is not voided due to premises vacancy and to advise the Gardai of their closure. Please note a common requirement from premiums is to have your premises inspected internally each week.
There is an issue around cover for business which have had to close during the crisis.
Individual insurance companies will be offering various supports to their customers but this may not be uniform across the sector. This is because the cover the insurance companies offer is broad and some only specialise in certain areas, eg. Motor, directors liability, premises, etc. The supports may take the form of reduced or postponed premiums or refunds at then end of the term of the policy.
We encourage businesses to engage with their insurer and brokers continually on this matter.
The Government has agreed with local authorities that they should agree to defer rates payments due from the most immediately impacted businesses – primarily in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors, for three months, until end-May. This measure will be implemented by each local authority in its own area: https://www.housing.gov.ie/local-government/covid-19-coronavirus/support-businesses-impacted-covid-19-through-commercial-rates
For all businesses closed or negatively affected by the crisis, you are urged to contact Kerry County Council in relation to your commercial rates.You MUST make contact with them, you will not automatically avail of the rates deferral.
Short-Time Work Supports
Short-time Work Support is available under Jobseeker’s Benefit and is an income support payment for employees who have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week, due to business challenges affecting their employment: DEASP Short Time Work Support Booklet March 2020
Revenue Announcement 13.3.20 on Cashflow/Returns
While €200m Covid19 Support funding for businesses is being funnelled through https://sbci.gov.ie/ we advise that for immediate business funding concerns and contingency funding, please contact your local bank or credit union branch.
Business Continuity Checklist:
Any updates are due to be published on the WHO website on how to manage the virus:
HSA Guidance is available here:https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/99104a-covid-19-coronavirus/
Find information below in relation to the plans to maintain essential services including Policing, Broadband, Electricity, Water and Postal Services.
LOCAL AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES
Refer to the Kerry County Council’s Website with reference to the provision of ongoing local authority services in Kerry, linked here.
GARDAI & BUSINESS SECURITY
Gardai have re-affirmed that each unit will be increased by 30%, with additional bike & foot patrols, as well as the new fleet of cars. These additional resources are in place to also monitor activity around business premises whether opened or closed.
Click here for updated operating conditions for An Post.
ELECTRICITY, WATER AND BROADBAND SERVICES
The Civil defence as part of a local emergency response group meeting including Tralee Chamber, confirmed that essential personnel for utilities maintenance will continue to operate throughout the current crisis to ensure continuity of supply.
Eirgrid Statement: http://www.eirgrid.ie/newsroom/statement-covid-19/index.xml
Irish Water statement: https://www.water.ie/news/irish-water-statement-on/index.xml
Remote Working / Broadband Supply: https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2020/0312/1121877-remote-working-telecoms/
WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES
Local Private Waste Collection operators are currently operating as normal. Service interruption and special measures for Covid19 will be publicised locally and updated nationally through https://www.mywaste.ie/
If you are unsure as to whether your business is permitted to continue trading, please refer to the government’s guidance on this: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a7e66d-latest-guidance-on-public-health-measures/
These have been sourced from Industry Partners, Government Resources and from our Colleagues across Ireland in the Chamber’s network.
Food Safety / Food Prep Advice (from Safety Matters, Tralee):
Food Business Operators guidelines
Food and Beverage (incl Bars):
Food and Beverage Production Covid-19
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on the tourism sector, Fáilte Ireland are targeting our business supports to respond to the most urgent challenges and threats tourism businesses are now facing. All of these supports can be accessed at the link below, these include a number of Webinar (videos);
They include Videos on the topics below:
- Expert advice on managing business liquidity and cost containment;
- Information on accessing financial assistance and managing HR risk;
- Step-by-step guides on how to manage temporary business closure, temporary lay-offs and redundancies, if required;
- Guidance on managing further revenue shocks and jumpstarting sales for recovery;
- Information on accessing Government supports (coming soon)
- Practical operational guidance for businesses on steps they can take to help ensure the health and safety of their staff and visitors.
This customised suite of expert supports will assist you and your team to navigate your business through these extremely challenging times and will be continuously updated as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
More info on Covid-19 including an FAQ section;
The Department of Health has launched a new COVID-19 Information Dashboard, providing up to date case information – gov.ie/covid19dashboard
Other sources of up to date information include:
DINGLE PENINSULA TOURISM ALLIANCE – PROMOTING THE DINGLE PENINSULA TOGETHER
Do come and stay! We are very happy to help guide you to your idyllic holiday or short break on the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance, a marketing co-operative owned and managed by its members across the peninsula, have produced this website to provide you, our visitors with the most up to date information you need to plan and enjoy your visit.
If you cannot find the information you need, or have a question you would like answered, please feel free to contact us.
+353 (0)66 915 2448
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