Pandemic Unemployment Payment

  • The number of people in Co Mayo receiving the pandemic unemployment payment has dropped by 200 in the last week.

    Latest figures from the Dept of Employment Affairs & Social Protection show that, across Co Mayo, 5,000 people are getting the payment this week - down from a peak of 16,400 in early May at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown.

    Nationally , 219 thousand are getting the pandemic unemployment payment this week - down from almost 600 thousand in May.

    The top sector in which employees are going back to work this week is education - with 1,500 workers coming off the PUP nationally as the schools re-open.

    There are now 11,450 people claiming the payment this week in Co Galway, 2,500 in Sligo and 2,200 in Co Roscommon.

  • Sole traders who took up the Pandemic Unemployment Payment during lockdown may be eligible for a new social welfare payment.

    Up to a thousand euro can be claimed by self-employed workers who came off the payment from May 17th under the Enterprise Support Grant programme.

    12 million euro has been initially set aside.

    Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys says she's aiming to keep small enterprises in business.

  • The pandemic unemployment payment has been extended until the end of August.

    However, there are changes being made for workers who earned less before the pandemic began.

    There will be a two tier payment structure from the 29th of June for the PUP scheme.

    Those who were earning less than 200 euro a week before the crisis will be moved to a 203 euro a week payment.

    The temporary wage subsidy scheme has also been extended until the end of August.

    New CSO figures show that more than one million people were either on the Live Register or benefitted from COVID payments last month.

    In the last week of May, over 543 thousand people were receiving the pandemic unemployment payment.

    There were 226,400 people on the live register in May - up 8,900 from April.

  • People on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment should be entitled to a Fuel Allowance, according to Sinn Féin.

    The party has put forward a motion on the issue which will be debated in the Dáil later.

    Earlier this week, People Before Profit called for the fuel allowance to be doubled, with so many people staying at home.

    Unemployed people must wait at least 15 months before they're entitled help with heating costs, meaning those on PUP are excluded.

    Sinn Fein social protection spokesperson, Roscommon TD Claire Kerrane, says that needs to change....

  • The Department of Social Protection will be questioned by TDs and senators today on why many self-employed people can't get the pandemic unemployment payments.

    The Oireachtas social protection committee says it has identified several anomalies with the scheme.

    To date, 4.3 billion euro has been out to hundreds of thousands of people who lost their jobs during the pandemic.

    But committee chairman, Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten says many sole-traders are still losing out.....