Cork TD: Employment and rent supports needed for second wave of Covid-19

Cork TD: Employment and rent supports needed for second wave of Covid-19

Mick Barry TD.

Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning called for the reintroduction of the ban on evictions and rent increases and the reversal of the cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

His call came in the wake of an increase in Covid-19 infection rates across the country with 396 new cases reported yesterday.

He said: "The number of new cases yesterday was the highest since mid-May. In mid-May we had a ban on evictions and a €350 a week Pandemic Unemployment Payment. 

"If there is going to be a second wave of the virus then those supports need to be put back in place again too."

The cut of up to €100 per week in the Pandemic Unemployment Payment came into effect last Thursday and will be reflected in welfare payments that are made tomorrow.

The ban on evictions reduced the numbers living in emergency accomodation from more than 10,000 in February to less than 9,000 by the end of June.

The Cork North Central deputy said: "A rising number of infections alongside a rising number of evictions is a bad combination from the point of view of public health. 

"It's not a good idea to be forcing significant numbers of people to traipse around our cities in search of accommodation when the virus is in the increase. The ban on evictions should be reintroduced quickly."

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