COVID-19 - Government Announces Pandemic Unemployment Payment

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Updated 11.00 | 30th March 2020

MyWelfare: Quick and Easy Online Application Process for Everyone

Since the 13th March the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) has developed new innovative solutions to help people make applications for COVID-19 (coronavirus) related payments as easy as possible.

The Department’s online portal www.MyWelfare.ie is by far the easiest and quickest way for all customers to apply. All a customer needs is their email address, PPS number and bank account details.

Now on www.MyWelfare.ie all customers can;

All that is required is for the person to have an email address, a bank account and a PPS number. Simply go onto the COVID-19 Services section of the website and apply for the payment. You will have to set up an account but it is a simple and straight forward process.

This online channel enables DEASP to quickly process applications, while being convenient, safe and easy for people to use.

Find out more about your employment rights during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Government Announces Increase to Pandemic Unemployment Payment and COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

Updated: 17:28 | 24th March 2020

The Government has announced increases to the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

The Government is to increase the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Support payment for people who are now unemployed due to the virus from €203 to €350. The Illness Benefit for those affected by COVID-19 will also increase to €350.

The payment will also apply to the self-employed affected by the virus.

The Cabinet has also approved an temporary wage subsidy scheme under which the Government will pay up to 85% of a workers salary.

The wage subsidy scheme will initially run for 12 weeks, and employers will be free to top-up the Government's element of the salary.

The scheme is targeted at companies hit by the collapse of economic activity triggered by the coronavirus outbreak - and employers seeking to avail of it would have to demonstrate a reduction in income of at least 25%, along with cash flow difficulties.

It is understood that the aim is to keep employees and employers connected, and make it easier to restart businesses when the crisis ends.

It is hoped that payments will continue to flow possibly as early as next week.

Cabinet also approved the 'Emergency Measures in the Public Interest COVID Bill' this morning. This legislation, for the duration of the emergency will freeze rents and prevents evictions.

Find out more about your employment rights and supports during the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Government Announces Income Supports For People Who Have Lost Their Jobs As A Result of COVID-19 (coronavirus)


Updated 09:27 | 16th March 2020

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) has announced new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

This new payment will be available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The payment has a simple one–page application form and will be paid at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to people who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic and give income security during this period.

You can get the application form on gov.ie (pdf).

If your employer reduces your hours to 3 days or less per week from your normal full-time hours, you can apply for a payment called Short Time Work Support which is a form of Jobseeker’s Benefit.

Find out more about your employment rights during the COVID-19 restrictions.


MABS offices remain closed for face-to-face appointments until further notice. If you were scheduled to meet with a MABS money adviser for a face-to-face appointment, then MABS will contact you directly and will support you over the phone.

You can contact your local MABS office or call the MABS Helpline on 0761 07 2000, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 8pm or you can check the MABS website for further updates and guidance.


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