For the last two years, Billy was working 3 days a week and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance for the other 4 days a week. He is planning on setting up a new business. Can he avail of this relief?
Yes he can. Social Welfare view Billy as having been unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance for 312 days (three days a week for 104 weeks), which is equivalent to 12 months unemployment.
If you are not sure whether or not you qualify as long term unemployed, please contact your Social Welfare office.