Covid 19 Payments and Entitlements

 COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Your employer may decide to close their business for this period and send you home. This is called a temporary lay-off. If your employer cannot pay you for this period, you can apply for a special COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This emergency payment has been introduced for anyone whose employer is unable to continue to pay them.

The payment is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to the pandemic.

Payment is made by electronic transfer (e.g. into your bank or credit union account) and only into accounts held in Irish financial institutions. Those applying on or after 8th April can also choose to collect their payment in a post office. They can nominate their local post office when applying online and they will need to bring a form of ID with them when collecting their payment at the post office. Payments will be made into a bank/credit union account or to a nominated post office every Tuesday once an application is processed.

You will get a payment of €350 per week. The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place for 12 weeks.

Please click on link to download the Covid 19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Form   Covid 19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Form

If you have one adult and one or more dependant children you should claim a Jobseeker’s Payment instead of the COVID-19 Pandemic Payment.

This is because you can claim an additional allowance for your adult dependant and child dependants, which will bring your weekly payment to in excess of the €350 weekly payment due under the emergency COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.


Working Hours Reduced

If your working hours have been reduced due to the economic impact of the pandemic you may be eligible for Short Time Work Support which is a form of unemployment benefit and can be applied for via the UP1. Please click on the link to download this form UP1-form-Jobseekers-Benefit-or-Allowance


DEASP Income Support Helpline for COVID-19
This helpline provides information on available income supports for people impacted by COVID-19. Our information team can advise on the most suitable income supports for your circumstances and provide information on how to make an application.

Note–:The rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary.


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