Back to Work Enterprise Allowance COVID-19 Revised Payment Arrangements

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA)


Revised payment arrangements with immediate effect

Where self-employed participants of BTWEA have to cease trading because of the impact of social distancing, they can continue to receive their BTWEA weekly payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. No further action is required from the customer where they wish to continue on the scheme.

Where a participant in year two of their claim presents with financial difficulty (in receipt of a reduced 75% rate of payment), an adjustment can be made to their weekly rate on ISTS to revert to the year one rate of their claim (i.e. increase to 100%). Where a customer’s BTWEA ends following the 2 year period they can be advised to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Jobseekers supports.

Further enquiries can be made to Working Age Schemes Policy Unit

Sylvia Mullins
Working Age Schemes Policy Unit

DNWAP Shane Callanan

Enterprise Guidance Officer

Tel: 01 8683806 / 01 8361666

e- mail:


We understand that this a particularly difficult time for anyone running a small business. If you are experiencing trading difficulties or find that you have to close your business you will be eligible to claim the new payment from Social Welfare for the self employed, please see the link below:

This payment will run for six weeks. If your business is still not trading after this period, you will be eligible to apply for self employed Jobseekers Benefit which can be done online through the DEASP website.

If you are experiencing difficulties making repayments on bank loans or a mortgage, please contact your bank or building society at once as all banks have put in place measures to assist customers experiencing difficulties due to the effect of the virus on their ability to trade.

If you are experiencing difficulties paying rent, please talk to your landlord and explain that on the recommendation of Government landlords must make allowances for tenants who are having difficulty paying their rent.

Please remember that our staff and business mentors are available to assist you if you need any advice in relation to running your business or dealing with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) or the Revenue Commissioners. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any financial assistance.

In the first instance please email us your query at the email address below and we will respond as quickly as possible. .  or or  Best wishes from the enterprise support team at Dublin North West Area Partnership.


David Orford.

Enterprise Manager