DONEGAL FARMERS ENTITLED TO ILLNESS BENEFIT IF AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Benefit will cover two weeks at €305 a week

DONEGAL FARMERS ENTITLED TO ILLNESS BENEFIT IF AFFECTED BY COVID-19

FARMERS ENTITLED TO ILLNESS BENEFIT IF AFFECTED BY COVID-19

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Caroline Farrell has welcomed changes that mean Donegal farmers and other self-employed throughout the country, if diagnosed with COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19, will be entitled to income support.

“The enhanced Illness Benefit announced by the Government means farmer will be entitled to €305 per week for a maximum of two weeks if they are medically required to self-isolate,” she said. 


Mrs. Farrell said if your GP diagnoses you with COVID-19 or you are medically certified to self-isolate, you can apply for Illness Benefit. The current six-day waiting period for Illness Benefit will not apply. 


She encouraged farm families to heed the public health advice. 


Anybody concerned that they have symptoms should phone their local GP. 

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