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COVID -19 Aids, Grants and Funds

Louise Cantillon
Louise Cantillon

10:56 17 Mar 2020

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Here are the COVID-19 Benefits for Employees

Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences:
When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €305 per week.

Do not visit your GP, contact them by telephone.
To receive the enhanced payment, you must be self-isolating on the instruction of a doctor or other medical professional and/or diagnosed.
The Illness benefit payment will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating but will be paid for the duration of a person's absence from work if they have been diagnosed.

How to Apply
Step 1
If you are an employee or self-employed and feel you may be suffering from Covid-19 or may need to self-isolate, you should contact your doctor by telephone.

The doctor will then complete a medical certificate on your behalf and send this directly to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

To receive a payment, you will need to provide your doctor with your Name, PPSN and DoB.

Step 2
Complete an application form for Illness Benefit (Form IB 1).
There are three ways that you can make an application:

you can call 1890 800 024 or 01 2481398 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday to get an application form by post

organise someone to pick up a form at your doctor’s surgery or at your local Intreo Centre

an online application process will be available by the end of March

It is important to complete part 5 of the Illness Benefit form as this contains how you would like to be paid. You don't have to fill in part 7 of the form.

Send your application form by Freepost to:
PO Box 1650, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Dublin 1

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