Pandemic Unemployment Payments will end soon as Covid-19 restrictions on businesses end in Ireland.
Last weekend saw a significant easing of most restrictions and a mass return to hospitality and workplace services.
Along with that, the Government has announced an end to unemployment pandemic payments.
The PUPPY was first established for individuals who have lost their jobs due to Covid restrictions and at its peak more than 800,000 people a week asking for cash.
As of January 22, pandemic unemployment pay is closed to new applications, in line with the easing of restrictions, the reopening of businesses and the return to offices.
But those who have already received payments will continue to receive their cash until the end of March.
Final payment will be sent to those who remain in the program on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
However, some people’s final PUP amounts will arrive before this date as rates are slowly being lowered.
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From 8 March 2022, if you earn 400€ or more and you get a PUP of 250€ per week, your PUP will be reduced to 208€ per week.
If you are earning between €300 and €399.99 and you are getting a PUP rate of €208 per week, your PUP will stop.
Anyone who has not returned to work before this date is advised to apply for a job seeker benefit.
“Pandemic Unemployment Payments are an absolutely vital support for workers and their families,” she said.
THOUSANDS OF WORK BACK
“What was originally intended as a short-term payment of six weeks, will now last for more than two years with more than 9 billion euros in payments issued to workers.”
The Minister added: “Along with the widespread lifting of restrictions from tomorrow, the Government today approved a plan to cut the PUP in the coming months.
“The decision to lift the restrictions represents an extremely positive step that will see tens of thousands of people return to work in the coming weeks as the country begins to return to normal.”
Meanwhile, Irish people who receive Job Seekers’ money will have to request at the post office again after Covid-19 restrictions were eased.
Former recipients have the option of being paid directly to a bank account when public health measures are first introduced in 2020.
POINT OFFICE PAYMENTS
The Social Security Administration said the move would help post offices by bringing in more visitors, as well as helping to tackle welfare fraud.
The initial changes will only apply to all new applicants of the job seeker payment.
But it will also be extended to other recipients in the coming months
The ministry said that having the payment sent directly to the recipient’s account was a “special measure” to reduce the spread of the virus. Covid-19and to make sure everyone can follow the guidelines around social distancing.
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