Minister of Culture in talks with the social welfare office on expanding the basic income for disabled artists


Culture Minister Catherine Martin is in talks with the Department of Social Protection to expand the basic income pilot program for artists with disabilities.

The Group of Disabled Artists and Disabled Academics (DADA) previously urged the government to provide more details on how the pilot will work and to guarantee that artists receiving disability payments will not lose out.

Earlier this year, Minister Martin announced details of the pilot scheme, which will see 2,000 artists receive €325 a week.

Minister Martin said their officials met with disabled artists yesterday and that negotiations with the Department of Social Protection are continuing.

She said the €325 payment would be treated as self-employment income and suggested the disability payments would not be affected.

“My officers met with them yesterday just to reassure them that we have been working as hard as we can and that this will be treated as self-employment income.

“I think we need to continue the negotiations, there seems to be maybe a broader problem outside of the basic income for artists,” she said.

She said she’s been working to “get the best possible deal for these artists.”

Separately, Minister Martin said she and the Taoiseach are currently reviewing the €420,000 Future of Media Commission report submitted to her last October.

It comes amid many calls for the report to be released so that it can be examined.

She said it was a “very complex piece of work” that was “worthy of full and proper consideration.”

“I expect we will return to speak to other key Cabinet colleagues and I hope to see that in the coming weeks.”

Minister Martin was speaking at the launch of a €5 million fund for climate broadcast projects by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

This is part of the wider €10.5 million Sound and Vision program and part of the government’s climate action plan. Minister of Culture in talks with the social welfare office on expanding the basic income for disabled artists

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