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# Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Last year
PUP and Live Register numbers rose by 5.8% in December
The number of PUP recipients recorded last month has fallen by 82% compared to the 308,357 recipients in December 2020.
All time
'People can't be expected to live on fresh air': McDonald hits out at decision to cut PUP payments
Cuts to the PUP took effect yesterday as the government announced new Covid-19 restrictions.
No plans for rollback of cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates
From today, the €250 PUP rate will reduce to €203 per week.
ICTU: Scrap 'inadequate' unemployment welfare system and link payments to past earnings
A report by
Ian Curran
With the PUP set to be cut again this week, politicians are being urged to reform the social welfare system.
ICTU general secretary says higher PUP rate highlight paltry nature of Jobseeker's Benefit, Ian Curran writes.
Calls to move to European-style system, where welfare benefits are based on a percentage of past earnings.
Irish flat-rate system dates back to period before independence.
# income support
Number of PUP recipients falls below 110,000 for the first time this year
A total of 106,245 people received the payment this week.
# Redundancy Package
Redundancy scheme announced for workers laid off during pandemic
The State will make a special payment of up to a maximum of €1,860 under the scheme.
# pandemic payment
Number of people receiving PUP drops over 25,000 since last week
It’s the least amount of people on the payment since the scheme was introduced in March 2020.
# income support
Top Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates cut by €50 from today
The process of moving some PUP recipients to jobseeker’s payments has been deferred until late October.
# New low
Number of people receiving PUP dips below 200,000 for the first time
The overall bill for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment now stands at over €8.3 billion.
Today is the last day people can sign up for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment
All recipients of the payment have to confirm their continued eligibility by 20 July.
# Work
Over 220,000 people receive PUP as payment closes to new applicants tomorrow
Under 25s are the age group with the largest number of PUP recipients.
# vaccine passes
Another fine mess: Vaccine pass proposal for indoor dining sends a peculiar message to young workers
How exactly it will work is far from obvious.
# pandemic payments
Over 95% on PUP would be financially better off in employment – ESRI
The payment is not a disincentive to employment, new research has found.
# Social Welfare
Tánaiste expects number of PUP recipients to fall to a third of current level by end of the year
The payment is due to be abolished next February.
# Social Welfare
Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions
With the phasing out of the PUP, government is keen to bring in pay-related unemployment payments.
# Pandemic Unemployment Payment
'A cliff edge in anyone's language': Public anger predicted over cuts to PUP
The PUP is to be gradually phased out by February 2022.
# recovery plan
Government to begin reducing the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by €50 from September
The PUP will be closed off to new applicants from July as the country begins to emerge from the Covid pandemic.
# Work
Number of PUP recipients falls below 400,000 for the first time this year
Over 12,000 people have closed their claim in the last week because they have returned to work.
Over 420,000 people received the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week
Construction is the sector that saw the largest decrease in the number of people receiving the payment.
# Covid PUP
Number of people on Covid Payment falls by 15,000 as people return to work
Some 48% of those in receipt of PUP are receiving the maximum rate of €350 this week.
Over 437,000 people received the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week
Construction is the sector that saw the largest decrease in the number of people receiving the payment.
# Phishing scam
Second man arrested in relation to Pandemic Unemployment Payment fraud scheme
Personal data was collected through a phishing email and used to make applications for the pandemic unemployment payment.
# covid payment
469,000 people will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week
The total value of the payments is €140.34 million.
480,000 workers to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
Over 10,000 people closed their PUP claims last week.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment claimants reach almost 460,000, highest figure since June
A total of 459,921 people will receive the payment this week.
# pandemic payments
Revenue website buckles as thousands attempt to check Covid tax bills
Preliminary statements of tax liability were released today.
# tax bills
If you received a Covid wage support in 2020, you'll find out today how much income tax you owe
Preliminary statements of tax liability for 2020 will be available to PAYE workers today.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates to remain in place until 31 March
Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme rates will also remain in place.
# Taxing matters
Received the PUP or the Covid wage subsidy? Next week, you'll find out what income tax you owe
Here’s a quick guide to how the process will work.
Number receiving Pandemic Unemployment Payment falls 28,500 in one week
Claimants will receive a double payment tomorrow to cover both this week and next week.
40,000 people close PUP claims and return to work as €90 million paid out this week
There are just over 300,000 people in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment.
Self-employed people allowed earn €960 over two months without losing their Pandemic Unemployment Payment
The move aims to help those who want to take up occasional intermittent work without losing their payment,
# Out of work
The largest cohort on the PUP right now? Workers in accommodation and food services
Over 102,321 people in the sector are on the payment.
# Extension
Pandemic Unemployment Payment to remain open to new applications until 31 March 2021
Following a decision in September, the PUP was due to close to new applications on 31 December.
More than 350,000 people still in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment
Over €4.3 billion has been issued in total since the PUP was introduced earlier this year.
# Covid-19 PUP
Over 350,000 people are on Pandemic Unemployment Payment, costing €103.8m
Some 37,430 people receiving the Covid-19 PUP this week will see an increase in their rate of payment.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment is subject to income tax, Dáil Finance Committee agrees
The Committee voted in favour of the Finance Bill clause this afternoon.
Over 340,000 receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week as total spend on scheme tops €4 billion
The minister for social protection said the rise in the number of PUP recipients was expected given the Level 5 restrictions in place.
# level 5
Nearly 300,000 people now in receipt of the PUP as €350 rate returns
Heather Humphreys said this rise reflects the “economic impact” of moving to Level 5.
# Social Welfare
Highest level of Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be restored to €350 a week
The payment was cut to a maximum of €300 per week last month.