Changes to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

If you have been receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, it is good to know what changes will be made to the scheme
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If you lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you might have received the Pandemic Unemployment Payment to support you through this period. The payment was for those who have become unemployed as a result of the pandemic. 

The payment scheme closed to new applications in July 2021. From September 2021, there will be gradual reductions to the payment scheme.

What is the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment?

The payment is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to unemployed people and provide income security during the pandemic. 

How can I apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment?

PUP closed to new applicants from July 8th 2021. However, if you have lost your job and are not currently receiving PUP, you might be eligible for other supports such as jobseeker’s allowance or jobseeker’s benefit.

Changes to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

From September 7th 2021, there will be some gradual reductions to the PUP rates.

When will my payment be reduced?

The decrease in PUP payments will happen gradually over several months. The weekly rate of PUP will be reduced by €50 on the following dates:

  • September 7th 2021
  • November 16th 2021
  • February 8th 2022

How much will my payment be reduced by?

A gradual reduction in PUP payments will begin on September 7th 2021:

  • If your PUP rate was €350 a week, it will reduce to €300
  • If your PUP rate was €300 a week, it will reduce to €250 a week
  • If your PUP rate was €250 a week, it will reduce to €203 a week

You will see the first payment change on September 14th 2021.

The next payment reduction will happen on November 16th 2021. When your PUP payment reaches €203, you will continue getting the payment until October 26th. After this time, anyone getting the €203 rate of PUP will be moved onto a jobseeker’s payment.

What happens when I go back to college?

If you have been receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and will return to college full-time for the 2021/ 2022 academic year, your PUP will stop. You will receive your final payment on September 7th 2021.

However, if you are going to college and need help paying for everything, you may be eligible for another type of financial support. Find out more about financial supports for college students in Ireland.

What happens when I go back to work?

If you return to work, you will have to stop your payment. To stop your payment, visit MyWelfare.ie under the COVID-19 payment section.

Here are a list of situations where you will be required to stop your payment:

  • Your employer is paying you
  • You have returned to your job or have found another job
  • You did not lose your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • You are not genuinely seeking work
  • You are leaving Ireland

If you are returning to work and your hours have been reduced, you might be eligible to receive another social welfare payment. Find out more about what social welfare schemes you can enter if you return to employment.

Support with the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

If you have questions about your Pandemic Unemployment Payment, there is support available.

Income Support Helpline

If you need more information or assistance with your social welfare payment, you can contact the DEASP Income Support Helpline for COVID-19 at 1890 800 024, or your local Intreo office.

Need more information?

Would you like more information? Maybe you would like to talk through your own situation? Get in touch through our online chat system for 16 to 25 year olds – Monday to Friday 4pm to 8pm.

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