September Wage Subsidy Scheme payment to be brought forward

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Revenue have confirmed that the monthly date for payments to employers under the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) has been brought forward, with payments to be made 'as soon as possible'.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe welcomed the decision, with 31,700 employers expected to receive a payment under the scheme for September for 335,000 employees.

The total amount to be paid for last month is just under €250 million.

In a statement Mr Donohoe said: "The objective of the EWSS is to support viable firms and encourage employment and to that end it is an important bridge between Social Welfare payments like the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and regular employment which is the ultimate goal.

"As a result, the effectiveness of Government supports are linked not only to the level of uptake of EWSS by employers but also to the numbers of people who rely on the PUP, which I would note has remained steady over the month of September as the EWSS has come into operation.

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“The success of the EWSS also lies in the responsiveness of the measure to deliver additional support to employers who may need it in light of updates to public health measures. To that end, I would emphasise that the EWSS will be in place in the coming weeks and months for all employers and that the scheme remains open for applications into 2021, should the time come when it is required.”

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