The Manx Earnings Replacement Allowance – “MERA” – will be payable to eligible persons from Wednesday 3rd March. Claims will be able to be made online at gov.im from 9am on Thursday 4th March. Anyone who is unable to make their claim online should phone 648125 or email: email@example.com.
MERA will again be available to both employed earners who are made redundant, laid off or put on nil pay by their employer, and self-employed individuals who are prevented from carrying out their work due to the restrictions and who meet the qualifying conditions.
Broadly those conditions are that the person must:
Employed applicants must confirm with their employer that they will not be paid by their employer before claiming MERA.
MERA will be paid at a standard rate of £230 a week, representing a £30 per week increase. Initially MERA will be available between 3rd – 23rd March. Unemployed people and self-employed people who are not eligible for MERA may be eligible for jobseeker’s allowance instead.
Queries regarding MERA can be directed to the allocated MERA telephone line which is now open and the number is 648125, or queries can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information will be made available on line as soon as possible.