COVID-19 - MABS Related Live Feed
MABS is open and money advisers are available to take your money advice and debt queries by phone, email and live chat through Facebook Messenger.
You can contact your local MABS office or call the MABS Helpline on 0761 07 2000, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 8pm.
Updated 9:30 | 24th February 2021
COVID-19 Support Payments extended until 30 June
As part of the Government announcement extending Level 5 Restrictions to 5 April, the following payments have been extended to 30 June:
- Pandemic Unemployment Payment
- Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme
- COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit
- Covid Restrictions Support Scheme
- Suspension of redundancy provisions
- Commercial rates waiver
If you have been receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment or Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme/Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (through your employer) and are unsure if you owe anything, you can find examples and an explainer on the RTE website here.
You can read the new Recovery and Renewal Plan - The Path Ahead 2021 on the Gov.ie webpage found here(automatically downloads).
Updated 9:00 | 15th January 2021
Preliminary End of Year 2020 Statements Available on Revenue My Account from today.
Your preliminary End of Year Statement (formerly P60) for 2020 will be available online through your MyAccount facility on Revenue.ie from today. This will indicate if you have underpaid or overpaid tax in 2020 and also give you the opportunity to submit for any additional credits or expenses such as health expenses. If you have been receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment or Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme/Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (through your employer) and are unsure if you owe anything, you can find examples and an explainer on the RTE website here.
You can find more information about underpayments and overpayments on the Citizens Information page found here.
Updated 10:00 | 8th January 2021
CRU announce disconnections ban during Level 5
The CRU have announced that utilities companies will not disconnect any home or business during Level 5 Restrictions. You can read the full announcement here.
Updated 10:00 | 7th January 2021
Renters: An eviction moratorium is in place until 31st January 2021
An eviction moratorium is in place from the 31st December and is due to expire on 31st January 2021. This legislation has been reintroduced as a result of the return of 5km restrictions on people’s movements. Please note any time there is a 5km restriction imposed on people’s movements, in line with public health restrictions, the moratorium on evictions will automatically kick-in.
You can read more about the eviction ban here here.
Updated 16:30 | 6th January 2021
Reminder: PUP applications remain open to new applicants to March 31st 2021
Just a reminder that if you have been let go temporarily during the Level 5 restrictions you can apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment until March 31st. The current rates will apply and will not be reduced until at least March 31st.
You can apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and other social welfare payments online here.
Updated 14:30 | 22nd December 2020
All Counties to move to Level 5 restrictions
All counties are will be moving to Level 5 of the Plan for living with COVID-19 with modifications over the Christmas period. MABS offices continue to offer a fully remote service to the public by phone, email and online chat (subject to Christmas opening hours) across the country. Even though we can't meet face-to-face, we'll always have your back.
You can find the link to the full guidelines on gov.ie here.
Updated 14:30 | 1st December 2020
All Counties to move to Level 3 restrictions
All counties are now moving to Level 3 of the Plan for living with COVID-19. MABS offices continue to offer a fully remote service to the public by phone, email and online chat across the country. Even though we can't meet face-to-face, we'll always have your back.
Updated 08:30 | 25th November 2020
PUP applications to remain open to new applicants to March 31st 2021
Social Protection Minister, Heather Humphreys TD, secured Government approval today to keep the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) open to new applicants until March 31st 2021.
Minister Humphreys also secured Government approval to extend the waiver on waiting days for Jobseeker payments until the end of March 2021.
You can find the link to the full announcement on gov.ie here.
Updated 16:30 | 27th October 2020
CRU announces disconnection moratorium until 1st December
Commission for the Regulation of Utilities has announced a ban on domestic electricity and gas disconnections until December 1st.
If you are having trouble paying your electricity or gas bills, or are in arrears, you can also contact your local MABS office, to work out a plan to pay your bills or repay any arrears.
You can find the link to the full announcement from the CRU here.
Updated 11:00 | 21st October 2020
Eviction Ban during Level 5 Restrictions for Renters
As the Government announced Level 5 restrictions on Monday night, during this time there will be a ban on evictions for those in rented accommodation.
If you are having trouble paying your rent, or are in arrears, you should speak to your landlord to try and come to an arrangement. You can also contact your local MABS office, to work out a plan to pay your rent or repay any arrears.
Updated 12:00 | 20th October 2020
Amendments to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme Rates
As the Government announced Level 5 restrictions on Monday night, they also announced amendments to the PUP and EWSS rates.
The top rate of €350 has been restored for those who earned in excess of €400. This applies to PUP payments and EWSS.
These changes will be reflected in payments issued from Tuesday 27th October.
You can read the full announcement and break down of the rates for both PUP and EWSS on gov.ie ↗ .
Updated 12:00 | 20th October 2020
All Counties to move to Level 5 restrictions from Wednesday night, 21st October
All counties are now moving to Level 5 of the Plan for living with COVID-19 from Wednesday night, 21st October. MABS offices continue to offer a fully remote service to the public by phone, email and online chat across the country. Even though we can't meet face-to-face, we'll always have your back.
Continue reading to see our summary newsfeed of updates as they happen. Click on any of the links below if you would like to skip to and read the relevant update in more detail.
- Minister for Housing confirms extension to Local Authority mortgage payment breaks
- BPFI Launches 'A Guide to Coming off the COVID-19 Mortgage Payment Break'
- Government Announces July Jobs Stimulus Plan
- Minister Announces Changes to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment from 17 September
- Minister for Housing announces extension to Rent Freeze and Eviction Moratorium to 1 August 2020
- MABS Blog - Open and Here to Help
- MABS Blog Managing on a Reduced Income
Updated 10:45 | 28th September 2020
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien has confirmed today (28 September, 2020) that the mortgage payment break already in place for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended for those continuing to face difficulties due to the COVID-19 emergency.
Local authority home loan borrowers could already avail of two payment breaks totalling up to six months and borrowers who take up a third payment break will be contacted by their local authority during the payment break to assess their financial situation and discuss options if necessary.
You can read the full announcement here.
Updated 11:30 | 7th September 2020
The Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) have launched a new guide for people who have availed of a three or six month payment break which is now coming to an end.
If you are coming to the end of your payment break but your circumstances haven't changed, engage with your lender and discuss your situation. Talk to one of our advisers, we can help you to come up with a plan.
You can read the full announcement on the BPFI website here.
And you can download the guide on the BPFI website here.
Updated 19:30 | 23rd July 2020
The Government has announced their July Jobs Stimulus plan to get people back to work, create new jobs and stimulate the economy. There are 50 measures aimed at supporting people returning to work, businesses and build economic confidence.
- Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be extended and gradually reduced to finish in April 2021
- Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme will replace the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and run to April 2021
- "Stay and Spend" Incentive on spends of over €625 per taxpayer
- 35,000 places in further and higher education.
- Temporary reduction in the standard 23% VAT rate to 21% from September 2020 to April 2021
- The existing Restart Grant will be extended and expanded
You can read the full plan on our page on July Jobs Stimulus plan.
Updated 08:30 | 21st July 2020
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien has confirmed today (20 July, 2020) that the rent freeze and eviction moratorium will be extended until August 1st.
The Minister said, “Following detailed discussions with the Attorney General and his office I have been advised that the need to restrict the movement of persons is increasingly at variance with the relaxations provided for in the roadmap for reopening society and business.
“I have obviously taken this advice on board and recommended a short extension under the existing emergency legislation to afford me the time to bring forward robust legislation that will provide real protection to tenants and property owners alike.
You can read the full announcement here.
Updated 9.00 | 22nd April 2020p>During these challenging times, we want to reassure everyone that we are here, we are working, and while we might not be able to meet face-to-face, we’ll always have your back.
You can read the full blog here
Updated 12:00 | 1st April 2020
Have you been financially affected by COVID-19?
Here, Liz from MABS discusses how to manage with less money and what you can do to plan.
To read the full blog click here.