Pandemic Unemployment Payments have reopened to new entrants who have or will lose their jobs due to the new Covid-19 restrictions.
And figures revealed today by Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys show the scheme has now surpassed 9 billion euros.
This week, the Department issued payments to 57,603 people this week alone, an increase of 2,267 people from the previous week.
This number plus 164,626 people were on the Live Register at the end of November this year.
And the Minister of Social Protection Heather Humphreys also reminds everyone that the Enhanced Sickness Benefit is worth €350 weekly for those who test positive for Covid-19 or are required to self-isolate.
She said today: “I am aware that this Christmas will once again be extremely difficult for everyone – especially for those who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19.
“I think in particular about workers in the night and hospitality industries, as well as those in the entertainment industry, who have been hit hard.
“That’s why I feel it’s so important to reopen Pandemic Unemployment Pay, so we can continue to support affected workers.”
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The Good Gael TD added: “I also wanted to send a strong message today regarding Disease Enhancement Rights.
“Due to the changes I introduced, this assistance is paid from Day 1 someone is sick or is self-isolating due to Covid-19.
“I urge everyone, who have tested positive or have been asked to self-isolate, to apply via MyWosystem.ie and this support will be provided. “
PUP has reopened for workers who have affected by recent restrictions since December 7th.
There are a total of five weekly rates available to them and the payout rate is determined by the person’s weekly income, namely €350, €300, €250, €203 and €150.
And the ministry said that to align the PUP with the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme and to better reflect the earnings of part-timers, a new rate of €150 will be applied to those previously earning get less than € 151.50 weekly.
While candidates should apply for the PUP online, they may be required to attend a Referral Center to show proof of their employment status.
The Social Security Administration will also ensure that those who lost their jobs between December 17 and 23 and those who are eligible for the money will receive them next week.
And those who lost their jobs between December 24 and 30 will be paid on January 4 along with all other PUP recipients.
The Department is also using Revenue data to verify employment and income status for all applications.
SUPPORT ‘NOT ASSIGNED’
Meanwhile, Minister Humphreys said it was important that people diagnosed with Covid-19 or considered to be in close contact stay at home and not go to work.
She added: “The total value of payments issued under Pandemic Unemployment this week has surpassed €9 billion.
“The scale of assistance provided under the PUP is unprecedented in the history of the State. However, it was and still is the right thing to do to support our citizens.
“PUP is open to applications for workers affected by the restrictions, including self-employed, and the fastest and easiest way to apply is at MyWosystem.ie.”
https://www.thesun.ie/money/8112882/pup-open-lose-jobs-new-restrictions-cost/ PUP opens to people who lost their jobs due to new Covid-19 restrictions as overall costs pass 9 billion euros