PUP scheme to end today

The last remaining recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be moved to jobseeker’s today.

The scheme, which was introduced in March 2020, was only supposed to be a short-term measure.

The PUP has been in place for two years and cost the State €9,000,000,000

It was a universal payment, and supported tens of thousands of people who were impacted by the pandemic.

At one point a flat rate of €350 per week was provided, before the sum was restructured and reduced over time.

In January the scheme was closed to new applicants.

More than 44,000 people, who remained on it, received their final payment last week.

Those who’re eligible will be transferred to jobseeker’s today, bringing an end to the emergency support.


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