Minister announces PUP to return

Scheme expected to be ready for new applicants by Tuesday next week

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys has announced the Government's decision to make PUP available to those impacted by new restrictions.

“Arising from the restrictions that need to be taken to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, TD has announced that the Government has decided to reopen for a limited period the Pandemic Unemployment Payment to support people who lose employment arising from the new restrictions,” said a statement issued from the Minister's officer this evening.

The Minister herself states: “I know many workers in the hospitality sector will be worried tonight. The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be open for applications for workers impacted by these latest restrictions.”

Its understood that the Department is finalising arrangements and full details will be announced, and the scheme will be ready for new applicants, by Tuesday next week.

The Department will announce in the coming days further details on how individuals impacted by today’s announcement may apply for PUP.