We hope you are keeping safe and well in this unprecedented time we find ourselves in. In recent days, we have seen the heartfelt connection and support that has been shared online in our community. There is such a strong community spirit in Kinsale. We will all pull together and support each other in the aftermath of this crisis.
We as a Chamber have been closely monitoring the situation, taking the best advice available and monitoring all government and HSE guidelines.
We have included some reference material below which may be of interest to both your staff and you as a business. We would ask that all our members follow strictly the HSE and Government guidelines, so as a town, we are doing our part to stop the spread of this pandemic, flatten the curve and protect the health and wellbeing of everyone around us, especially the most vulnerable members of our community.
We also know that this situation is temporary. We, as a Town and as its Chamber, need to be ready and prepared for when this passes. With that in mind, we have started working on a ‘Kinsale Comeback Campaign’ which we will be ready to launch at the appropriate time and in line with Government guidance. We want to assure you that we will be working hard to represent your business in whatever way we can and get Kinsale back to the forefront of Irish Tourism as quickly as possible.
We continue to work on the new www.kinsale.ie website which will be going live in the next few months and this project will be more important now than ever.
In the meantime, if you have any content or online promotions for your business you wish for us to promote, please send to Lorraine Walsh at [email protected]
We hope you stay safe and mind your health and those around you.
The exceptional measures required to encourage social distancing has an immediate impact on many employers. Although these measures are temporary they have, and will lead to temporary business closures.
*There is an important role for employers in helping the country to respond*
- Following discussions with some industry groups, the Government is asking employers, if at all possible, to continue to pay workers during this period – at least at the jobseeker rate of €203 per week.
- Where employers, who have to cease trading because of the impact of social distancing, continue to pay workers they will be able to claim refunds from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. A temporary refund scheme is being established for this purpose.
- This refund will be for €203 per worker per week. This means that workers retain their link with employers and there is no need for them personally to submit a job seekers claim.
- The refund scheme will take some time to set up but in the meantime the Banks have been requested to provide working capital finance in the form of overdrafts or short term loans to cover costs.
*For those people whose employer can’t continue to pay them*
- For those workers whose employers do lay them off without pay the Department is introducing a new support payment specifically designed to enable large numbers of people receive a payment as quickly as possible.
- The payment will have a simple, one page application form, which will be available online from Monday 15 March.
- The Department is assigning additional staff including staff from other departments to ensure all of these claims are processed as quickly as possible.
*There is no need to visit an Intreo Centre*
- Mindful of social distancing concerns, there is no need to visit an Intreo centre to make an application. Intreo centres have to apply social distancing recommendations so queues will be long and people who call may have to wait a long time.
- Application forms can be downloaded online and submitted by post.
- Those people with a registered MyGovID account make the claim entirely online.
- Possession or otherwise of a *Public Service Card will not delay payment* – anybody without a PSC will be required to authenticate their identity but, in these exceptional circumstances, payment will be processed pending completion of this process.
*All payments will be backdated to date of entitlement*
- The quickest and best way to make an application for income support from the Department is through the online portal – www.mywelfare.ie
- An application form for the new Covid-19 Pandemic Support Payment can be downloaded from the Department’s website . This form can be posted to the Department or dropped in to any of our offices.
- Phone the Department on 1890 800 024 or 01 2481398 and they will send you the relevant application form.
- All claims will be processed as quickly as possible and all payments backdated to the date of entitlement (last day of work) so nobody will lose out.
Useful Links & Information :
COVID-19 Information for Employers
COVID-19 Information for Employees and the Self Employed
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences
Social Welfare COVID-19 Contacts
Short Time Work Support Scheme – Anyone who is placed on a reduced week should apply for this scheme. The information is available HERE.
For all the LATEST UPDATES on COVID-19, see HERE or see below for further information:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)
- Health Service Executive (HSE)
Revenue announce measures to assist SMEs experiencing cashflow difficulties arising from COVID-19
Property Owners who are due to pay LPT on 21st March 2020:
Businesses experiencing temporary cash flow difficulties should continue to file their tax returns on time.
Application of Interest
The application of interest on late payments is suspended for January/February VAT and both February and March PAYE (Employers) liabilities.
All debt enforcement activity is suspended until further notice.
Current Tax Clearance status will remain in place for all businesses over the coming months.