MINISTER for justice Charlie Flanagan has said that “the number of self-employed people availing of dental treatment, optical exams and medical appliances is on the increase across Laois”.
In 2017, the government extended the treatment benefit scheme to self-employed persons for the first time.
Minister Flanagan said that in the past year, 2,600 self-employed people in Laois took up the scheme. Dental treatment was the most popular with 1,569 individuals availing of the benefit.
The local TD said: “The introduction of this new benefit for the self-employed creates greater fairness in the system of welfare provision and reflects the government’s commitment to creating the best possible environment for business to thrive.”
He added that next year there will see new supports for self-employed, who will become eligible for Jobseeker’s Benefit for the first time.
“The New deal for the self-employed, as outlined in the plan Taking Ireland forward together, envisages a totally reformed social insurance system. It will work to provide the self-employed and those in the gig economy with a safety net in circumstances where their business or careers are interrupted.”