COVID-19 - Government Announces Changes to Pandemic Unemployment Payment

23rd July 2020

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Updated 12:00 | 23rd July 2020

Minister Announces Changes to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment from 21 September

From 17 September 2020, the rate of COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be reduced to €300 per week. There will be three rates instead of the current two, linked to the person's previous earnings.

The scheme will close to new applicants on 17th September too.

The new top rate of €300 (down from €350) will apply to those who earned over €300 per week before the pandemic. Those who earned €200-€300 pre-COVID-19 will see their payment fall from €350 to a new rate of €250.

These rates will continue until February, at which point those who earned €200-€300 pre-COVID-19 will move from the €250 Pandemic Unemployment Payment rate to Jobseekers' Benefit of €203.

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment scheme will close on 1st April 2021 and any remaining claimants will need to apply for Jobseeker's allowance.

The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) will also be extended until April 2021 with extensions to the eligibility criteria for employers.

You can read more on the Citizens Information's page on Pandemic Unemployment Payments.

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Updated -8:45 | 26th June 2020

Changes to Pandemic Unemployment Payments from 29th June

From 29 June 2020, the rate of COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be linked to your earnings. You do not need to contact the DEASP about your earnings. The DEASP has access to this information from Revenue.

If you were earning €200 or more per week, you will continue to get a payment of €350 per week.

If you were earning €199.99 or less per week, you will get a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €203 per week. You will get paid this new rate on Tuesday, 7 July 2020.

Employee earnings assessment from 29 June 2020:

If you are an employee, your average gross weekly earnings will be assessed in two separate periods – January to December 2019 and January to February 2020 - the higher figure will be used.

For example, if your average gross weekly earnings was €195 in 2019 and €210 in 2020, the figure of €210 will be used. Similarly, if your average gross weekly earnings in 2019 was higher than in 2020, the 2019 figure will be used.

Self-employment earnings assessment from 29 June 2020:

If you are self-employed, your average weekly income in 2018 will be used to decide your rate of payment.

You can read more on the Citizens Information's page on Pandemic Unemployment Payments.

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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.

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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.

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