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Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Information on the New COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.


This new payment is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment has a simple one–page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to the unemployed and provide income security during this 6-week period.


Individuals applying for the payment will be required to apply for the normal jobseeker’s payments within this 6-week period. Once this normal jobseeker claim is subsequently received, the department will process these claims and accommodate payments at that time. This will involve backdating increased payments for certain customers.


We would ask the members of the public to please assist us over the next few days by applying for income support from the department, such as the full Jobseeker's Payment, through our online channel mywelfare.ie.


Click on the link below for the application form.


https://assets.gov.ie/71477/5df3b7f1f0fc454faefd8f906100ff99.pdf


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