Future plans for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) have been approved by the government.
A statement published on gov.ie revealed that the following new arrangements have been agreed for the PUP:
- the PUP closed for new applications on January 22 in line with the government's decision to lift restrictions;
- with effect from March 8, anyone who is still in receipt of the PUP will move to a €208 weekly rate, which represents a four week extension to what was announced previously;
- and PUP recipients will begin transitioning to standard jobseeker terms, and if eligible, will move onto a jobseeker payment effective from April 5 of this year.
Minister For Social Protection Statement
The statement published on gov.ie revealing the above information also included a statement from Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys, in which she said, "The Pandemic Unemployment Payment has been an absolutely vital support for workers and their families.
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"What was originally intended to be just a six week short-term payment will now last for over two years with over €9 billion in payments issued to workers.
"In line with the widespread lifting of restrictions from [Saturday January 22], the government has today approved plans for the winding down of the PUP over the coming months.
"The decision to lift restrictions represents a hugely positive step which will see tens of thousands of people return to work over the coming weeks as the country begins to return to normal."
Changes To COVID-19 Business Supports Announced
The above news follows news that Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced changes to several COVID-19 pandemic-related business support schemes.
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