Ireland's Department of Finance issued a release on 28 September confirming that the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) remains in place and unchanged for October 2021. It was announced earlier that EWSS would continue for Q4 2021, but with possible changes.
Minister Donohoe confirms that EWSS will remain in place and unchanged for the month of October 2021
Following the Government meeting today (Tuesday), the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, T.D., has announced that there will be no change to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) for the month of October 2021.
This means that the EWSS will continue to operate in its current form during October 2021, so that the main eligibility requirement is a 30% decrease in turnover or customer orders in the full year 2021 compared to the full year 2019. The enhanced rates of support and the reduced rate of Employers' PRSI will continue to apply for the month of October 2021.
No decisions have yet been taken as to the appropriate operational parameters for EWSS for the remainder of Quarter 4 2021 (November and December) and its possible extension beyond end-2021. The Minister is considering a range of possible options for the future of EWSS and such arrangements will be outlined on Budget Day, 12 October 2021.
While Government policy is to avoid a cliff-edge approach to the support schemes, as the recovery gains momentum, it will be necessary to give consideration to the recalibration and ultimately the phasing out the temporary support schemes. As such and as signalled previously, the Minister is considering the appropriate calibration of various elements and features of the EWSS.
Speaking following today's Government meeting, the Minister said
"The Government and I have committed on multiple occasions that there will be no "cliff edge" to supports for business. I am currently considering different options as regards the future of EWSS and I intend to outline the full arrangements on Budget Day. Pending those decisions, I am pleased to announce that the Government has agreed today that the EWSS will continue in its current form for the month of October which provides clarity and certainty for businesses".