Number of people claiming pandemic payment drops

It has been revealed that the number of people receiving the pandemic unemployment payment have dropped once again, with 543,200  receiving the payment today.

This figure reflects a drop in 36,200 people from last week.

There were an estimated 598,000 recipients only weeks ago.

Regina Doherty, The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, said the peak demand for the PUP had now passed and “…in parallel with the flattening of the Covid-19 curve.

“Each week, if the current progress on the health front holds firm, we will see an incremental drop on the numbers in need of this assistance.”

“As we gradually move through all the phases of reopening our society, we do need to review the nature of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and how it fits into cross-Government plans to keep Ireland healthy and get the country working again,” she said. 

“Any future decisions will be based on our commitment that everyone who needs help will get the most appropriate assistance and also based on the ongoing progress we experience from the reopening of the economy,” she added.

Over 57,000 employers have registered for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme, a scheme which allows employees to receieve significant supports from their employer through the payroll system.

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