Overall the numbers continue to confound
Almost 28,000 lose eligibility for pandemic unemployment payment
Number claiming PUP falls to 232,400, down 61% from peak of 598,000 in early May
About 28,000 people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will receive no benefit from tomorrow, after failing to confirm their continued eligibility for the scheme, the Department of Social Protection has said.
The number of people claiming the payment fell to 232,400 this week, a decrease of 61 per cent from the peak of 598,000 in early May. The scheme, which provides €350 per week for most recipients, was introduced in March to aid those who lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In recent weeks, the department had contacted around 390,000 PUP claimants asking them to confirm their continuing eligibility for the payment.
At the beginning of last week, about 29,000 had not confirmed their continued eligibility “despite having received personal notifications on four separate occasions” up to August 9th, the department said.
By Friday, August 14th, about 1,000 confirmed their eligibility for the PUP, and they will continue to receive their payment.