Roscommon mother denied maternity payment frustrated at lack of clarity on Covid eligibility

A Roscommon mother who was due to return to work after maternity leave is expressing her frustration over the lack of clarity on
eligibility for pandemic payments.

Edel Carlos who is a childcare worker, was due to return to work on Monday of this week, but was told that she was not eligible for the age subsidy scheme as she as not on her company’s payroll in January or February this year.

She has applied for the Covid 19 pandemic unemployment payment, even though she has not been laid off by her employers and she is awaiting a decision on her application.

Edel told today’s Let’s Talk that for her the issue is not the difference in the income she would receive between the two payments but more the lack of status of her current situation.