The government says HEALTHCARE workers who have been on the front lines during the Covid-19 pandemic will receive a tax-free bonus of €1,000.
The money will be provided to those who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic.
But who exactly gets the payment and what has the government said about it?
Who will receive it?
1,000 € tax free bonus will be awarded for all eligible paramedics and ambulances in Ireland.
There will also be a fair payment made to people who have worked in a private nursing home.
The government has said the recognized payment will be “barrier” for employees who normally work at Covid-19 exposed healthcare environment.
This includes public service medical personnel and ambulance personnel who are seconded or assigned to the HSE, such as Self-Defense Force personnel seconded/designated to examine the HSE. .
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Honors students such as trainee nurses or doctors who are required to undertake training in clinical settings will also receive support alongside staff in private sector nursing homes and nursing homes. hospitals affected by Covid-19.
Hospital staff such as porters and cleaners will also be eligible.
In addition, part-timers will receive a portion of the bonus and this will be decided on a pro rata basis.
Bonus payments will not be subject to any income tax, USC or PRSI.
Healthcare workers in private industry would not be eligible with the exception of those employed in private nursing homes or healthcare hospitals.
What is the government saying?
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath said: “Cooperation and solidarity are hallmarks of our nation’s response to Covid-19.
“All economic and social sectors of our country have been and continue to make important contributions to helping our country overcome the pandemic.
“While no sum can truly reflect the dedication of frontline healthcare workers, the Government believes that at this time a one-time tax-free payment of €1,000 is provided to All qualified medical and ambulance services workers, in recognition of their efforts.
“I want to thank them for their dedication and commitment during this extraordinary period.
“The payment, in conjunction with the commemorative events to be made and the additional public holiday, represents a balanced and timely recognition of the collective national effort that has been made to respond to the pandemic. Translate.”
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly “I am privileged to be the Secretary of Health during this most challenging period for our health sector to witness first-hand the commitment, expertise and dedication of our workers,” said. our front line.
“I am delighted to confirm this payment to frontline healthcare workers in the public sector.
It is a small sign of appreciation and gratitude that my colleagues in the Government have. ”
“It’s a small token of the appreciation and gratitude that my colleagues in the Government and indeed, the people of Ireland at large have for your unwavering efforts to protect all of us. from the worst effects of Covid-19.”
When will frontline workers receive it?
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said they wanted to get the bonus of 1,000 euros into workers’ pockets as soon as possible and announced they would not have to wait until the summer. – but the exact date is yet to be confirmed.
Are people satisfied with it?
Overall, the news was well received but a number of different political parties and organizations have called for an extension.
Labor has called for the expansion of bonuses to low-paid workers in the private sector.
Labor Party spokeswoman for Employment, Senator Marie Sherlock said: “While the Labor Party widely welcomes the announcement of a double holiday in March and €1000 to be paid to employees. frontline health care, these proposals are not properly acknowledged by everyone who has had to go out and risk their health to keep our country and our people going. We are safe during the pandemic.
“We believe we need to see a dividend for all essential workers.
“These workers are our cleaners, our bus drivers, they work around the clock in our stores, the fire service, picking up crates and keeping food on our tables.
“There are a range of mechanisms in place to identify these workers and reward them for their essential work, sacrifice, and service to our communities.
“To do this, the Government can put together a list of essential workers to access tax records and offer payment accordingly.”
Senator Sherlock said: “Employers who can afford it should also make it their business to reward their employees and the Government should actively encourage them to do so.
“The fact that the majority of workers in the private sector who had to work during the peak of the pandemic were paid very little and 1000 euros would make a big difference.”
In addition, Family Care and Community Ireland (HCCI), which represents private home care providers, today called on the Government for immediate clarification if care workers home care omitted in the Covid-19 bonus payment.
Joseph Musgrave, Chief Executive Officer, HCCI said, “It would be shameful and infuriating if the Government forgot about the significant sacrifice and incredibly valuable contribution of caring for families during the pandemic.
“Home has proven to be the safest place to care for people during a pandemic with infection rates rarely above 1% of our customer base at any given time.
“That success is due to the hard work of our home carers. It would be completely wrong for the government to exclude homecare workers from the Covid-19 bonus payment.”
https://www.thesun.ie/money/8232612/full-list-who-gets-irish-covid-bonus-healthcare-workers-when-date/ Full list of Irish healthcare workers to receive a €1k Covid-19 Government tax-free bonus