THE Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare established by Joan Burton is currently examining the issue of extending social insurance cover for the self employed. The department is to make recommendations on whether this move is technically feasible and financially sustainable.
The group is seeking submissions on this issue from experts and interested parties in a variety of fields to give their opinion on tax and social protection systems. Senator Deirdre Clune would like to welcome the opportunity for people to contribute to this important development
“I would like to encourage anyone with a vested interest in this issue to give their input to aid the Department of Social Welfare in introduce social insurance for the self employed.
“The people in Ireland who are self employed create jobs and increase competitiveness in Ireland, it is essential that they are protected by the social welfare system if they fall on hard times.
“At the moment if a person has a solid business plan they are hesitant to leave their current employment because if the business fails there is no safety net for themselves and their families.
“The government needs to encourage entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses and ensure that they are supported in the good times and more importantly in the bad times too.”