02 February 2012

Fitzgerald welcomes Burton’s comments on benefits for self-employed

Local Fine Gael TD, Minister Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed comments from the Minster for Social Protection, Joan Burton, regarding the need for social welfare benefits for self-employed people who find themselves out of work.

“This is an issue that I have been raising for some time at a national level, and I welcome confirmation from Minister Burton that she is aware of the need for progress in this area. Self-employed people are currently left out on a limb if they find themselves out of work, as they are excluded from most benefit payments,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

“We’re talking about small business owners in Clondalkin and Lucan and entrepreneurs in our community; people who drive the Irish economy. It is unacceptable that a situation prevails where the self-employed are left without adequate supports. I very much welcome Minister Burton’s comments on this issue and am pleased to hear that she is looking at how the system could be adjusted to ensure that in the future self-employed people will be making contributions that would cover a period of unemployment. Minister Burton says she expects a working report by the end of March on the social insurance fund and I look forward to the publication of this report,” continued Fitzgerald.
“I have spoken to many people in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown,
Newcastle and Rathcoole who have been left in an extremely difficult situation after their businesses went under and they received little or no support from the State. I look forward to learning of the outcome of the working report in the coming months,” concluded Fitzgerald.