Farmers entitled to illness benefit if affected by Covid-19

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chairperson, Caroline Farrell, has welcomed changes that mean farmers and other self-employed, if diagnosed with Covid-19 or are suspected of having Covid-19, will be entitled to income support. “The enhanced illness benefit announced by the Government means farmers will be entitled to €305 per week for a maximum of two weeks if they are medically required to self-isolate,” she said.

Mrs. Farrell said that if your GP diagnoses you with Covid-19 or you are medically certified to self-isolate, you can apply for illness benefit. The current six-day waiting period for illness benefit will not apply. She encouraged farm families to heed the public health advice and said that anybody concerned that they have symptoms should phone their local GP.