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Reilly Welcomes Good News For Self Employed

Self Employed Tradesman

Local senator, James Reilly (FG) has welcomed the news that self employed people are now entitled to an Invalidity Pension and other new benefits.
Reilly said, “I am delighted Minister Varadkar has confirmed to me that there will be major improvements in the services available to the self employed paying class S PRSI.

“For the first time, self-employed contributors will be eligible for the Invalidity Pension from December 2017. This will give the self-employed access to the safety net of State income supports if they become permanently incapable of work, as a result of an illness or disability without having to go through a means test. This is a real advance in the level of cover available to the self-employed,” he said.

He continued, “Also from next month, the self-employed will have access to the treatment benefit scheme which includes free eye and dental examinations, and contributions towards the cost of hearings aids. Treatment benefit entitlements will also be extended from October 2017 to provide further dental and optical benefits both for employees and the self-employed,” Reilly confirmed.

“The new PRSI measures also benefit people who take early retirement who might otherwise have their State pensions reduced, people who go overseas for a few years and do not pay into an equivalent system, people who retire early due to ill-health, and also parents who decide to stay at home.”
The live register figures have dropped by 37,601 or 36 per cent in County Dublin since 2012 as more people find jobs due to the implementation of the targeted action plan for Jobs.

These changes build on the other social insurance reforms including, the introduction of Paternity Benefit last year, as well as a range of important measures announced on Budget Day.

From next month the self-employed will have access to the treatment benefit scheme which includes free eye and dental examinations, and contributions towards the cost of hearings aids.

Treatment benefit entitlements will also be extended from October 2017 to provide further dental and optical benefits both for employees and the self-employed. Even more significantly, self-employed contributors will be eligible for the Invalidity Pension from December 2017.