These payments are in addition to the 212,000 people on the Live Register and over 46,000 employers have now registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy scheme.
All COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment payments issued will be in recipients’ bank accounts or at their local post office tomorrow, Tuesday 21 April.
Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty today said:
In total (since launch on 16 March 2020), and excluding duplicate claims, the department processed applications from 672,000 people for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment or a jobseeker’s payment.
To date, over 51,000 people have contacted the department to close their COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. The majority of these requests are because employers are taking people back onto their payroll under the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme.
However, approximately 52,000 payments have been withheld for a variety of reasons. These include the people concerned who were still in employment, who had not been in employment prior to claiming the COVID-19 payment, a Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy was being paid in their name, who were not resident in the State or because they submitted incorrect details including invalid PPSNs and IBANs.
The department is continuing to resolve any issues, such as invalid IBANs or PPSNs, with legitimate applications and is contacting the people concerned directly over the next few days. We wish to remind people to take care when submitting applications, to ensure that critical information such as dates of birth, PPSNs and IBANs are entered correctly. An IBAN has 22 characters and people should take care that it is entered correctly. Any errors by individuals in submitting their incorrect IBAN or PPSN will cause their application to be rejected by the department.
There are now over 46,000 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS). Workers whose employers have registered them on the scheme are not eligible to receive a pandemic unemployment payment. In addition workers who were in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment but who have now been registered by their employers on the TWSS are no longer eligible to receive a payment pandemic unemployment payment.
The department is aware that some workers may be incorrectly registered as part of the TWSS or may face difficulty in transitioning back from the pandemic unemployment payment to the employer payroll. Such a situation may arise, for example, because a worker has been registered in error by their employer, or because an employer having registered for the TWSS has since ceased operating their payroll, or, due to differences in the weekly payment pattern of the pandemic unemployment payment as compared with a monthly or fortnightly payroll from the employer. Any worker affected by these issues can contact the department and arrangements will be made to restore their payment or provide them with interim income support as appropriate.
There are now 32,000 people medically certified for receipt of the COVID-19 enhanced Illness Benefit. This predominantly relates to applications in respect of people who have been advised by their GP to self-isolate together with a smaller number in respect of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Please apply online at MyWelfare.ie.
The department wishes to thank its customers for submitting the majority of applications through our online portal MyWelfare.ie. This is the quickest and easiest way to submit an application and enables the department to allocate resources to contacting those who submitted invalid applications.
Individuals can close their COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment online at MyWelfare.ie.
In the interests of the public health advice and the restrictions on movements please if at all possible do not attend your local Intreo Centre as opening hours have now been restricted. Instead please apply through MyWelfare.ie.
Details on county breakdown and sectoral breakdown are in listed in the attached Appendix.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is an emergency payment for employees and the self-employed who have lost their income and are fully unemployed due to the pandemic. It is paid at a rate of €350 per week into a customer’s bank account. The quickest and easiest way for everyone to apply for this emergency payment is online at MyWelfare.ie.
Those individuals who have an adult dependant and at least one child, or if they are single and have four or more children, after applying for the emergency payment should also apply for a jobseeker’s payment to receive their full social welfare entitlements. The quickest and easiest way for everyone to apply for a jobseeker’s payment is online at MyWelfare.ie.
Enhanced Illness Benefit for COVID-19 Cases
The government introduced an enhanced Illness Benefit payment for all cases where individuals have been medically certified to self-isolate or have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It is paid at a rate of €350 per week. Please note that it is not possible to be paid a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the enhanced Illness Benefit payment concurrently. If you have lost your employment or are diagnosed with COVID-19 and you apply for income support you will be paid €350 per week from the department.
The quickest and easiest way for everyone to apply for this emergency payment is online at MyWelfare.ie.
Analysis of the Pandemic Unemployment Payments
There are 584,000 people in receipt a Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 21 April 2020, of which 252,000 were female and 332,000 were male.
|County||Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payments on 21st April 2020||Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payments on 14th April 2020|
|County not included||2,200||2,200|
The highest sector with people in receipt of PUPs is Accommodation and Food Service activities (126,000), followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (88,400) and Construction (77,400).
|Industrial Sector||Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payments on 21st April 2020||Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payments on 14th April 2020|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying||8,000||7,000|
|Electricity, Gas supply; Water supply, sewerage and waste management||1,900||1,800|
|Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles||88,400||81,400|
|Transportation and storage||17,600||16,000|
|Accommodation and food service activities||126,000||115,500|
|Information and communication activities||11,400||10,200|
|Financial and insurance activities||12,100||11,000|
|Real Estate activities||7,900||7,000|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical activities||23,800||21,400|
|Administrative and support service activities||44,300||40,200|
|Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security||14,000||12,800|
|Human Health and Social Work activities||23,300||21,500|
|Arts, entertainment and recreation||13,800||12,600|
|Unclassified or unknown||17,100||14,600|
Analysis of COVID-19 Illness Benefit Applications
There are 32,000 people medically certified for receipt of a COVID-19 related Illness Benefit payment as of 17 April 2020, of which 18,100 are female and 13,900 are male.
County Breakdown – Enhanced Illness Benefit
|County||Number of people medically certified 21st April 2020||Number of people medically certified 14th April 2020|
|Other (NI & Foreign Address)||100|
Sector Breakdown – Enhanced Illness Benefit
|Industrial Sector||Number of people medically certified 21st April 2020||Number of people medically certified 14th April 2020|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying||300||200|
|Electricity, gas, steam supply; Water supply; Sewerage, waste management||200||200|
|Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles||6,900||5,900|
|Transportation and storage||1,200||1,100|
|Accommodation and food service activities||1,500||1,200|
|Information and communication activities||600||500|
|Financial and insurance activities||1,400||1,200|
|Real Estate activities||300||200|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical activities||1,200||1,000|
|Administrative and support service activities||3,300||2,700|
|Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security||1,500||1,300|
|Human Health and Social Work activities||6,400||5,200|
|Arts, entertainment and recreation||200||200|
|Unclassified or unknown||100||100|