A local TD is calling for those on reduced contributory pensions to receive supplementary payments if they’ve had their business or income impacted during the pandemic.
TD for Cavan/Monaghan Brendan Smith says that due to the exclusion of anyone over 66 from the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), those in that bracket with a small business or who work part-time are struggling financially without support.
He is calling on the government to offer a supplement to those on reduced contributory pensions that meet certain requirements, to bring their income to the value of the PUP.
In April Deputy Smith had called for a review of the system to include those over 66 and yesterday reiterated that request, while also echoing the points put forward by party colleague Willie O’Dea that there was a need to support this group as the government have encouraged people to work past retirement age in the past.
Speaking in the Dail yesterday Deputy Smith stressed that many of those affected by this exclusion offer services in rural communities that would otherwise not exist, and need to be acknowledged for their role throughout communities in Ireland.
He also took the opportunity when addressing the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to highlight the unjust administration of the PUP scheme for cross borders workers, who pay taxes in the republic but are not entitled to the payment.
You can listen to Deputy Brendan Smith’s full address here: