Pandemic Payment To Be Extended Till End Of August

Paschal Donohoe

The pandemic unemployment payment has been extended until the end of August.

However, there are changes being made for workers who earned less before the pandemic began.

There will be a two tier payment structure from the 29th of June for the PUP scheme.

Those who were earning less than 200 euro a week before the crisis will be moved to a 203 euro a week payment.

The temporary wage subsidy scheme has also been extended until the end of August.

Minister for Fianance, Paschal Donohoe has claimed the reopening of the economy should ease the demand.

New CSO figures show that more than one million people were either on the Live Register or benefitted from COVID payments last month.

In the last week of May, over 543 thousand people were receiving the pandemic unemployment payment.

There were 226,400 people on the live register in May – up 8,900 from April.