The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new social welfare payment of €350 a week for employees and self-employed people who have lost all their employment due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

You can apply for the payment if you are aged between 18 and 66 and have lost all your employment due to the coronavirus restrictions. Students, non-EEA nationals and part-time workers can apply for the payment.

You should apply online at MyWelfare.ie. This is the quickest way to apply.

 

Rules

Employees, self-employed people, students and part-time workers can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Both EEA and non-EEA workers qualify.

To qualify for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, you must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 66
  • Live in the Republic of Ireland
  • Have been in employment or self-employment immediately before Friday 13 March 2020. If you work shifts, short time or other atypical work patterns you must have been in employment on or after 6 March 2020.
  • Have lost your job or be temporarily laid off from work or asked to stay at home from work due to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Be self-employed and your trading income has ceased due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. You do not need to de-register as self-employed to get a payment.

It will be paid for the duration of the crisis.

 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid at a flat rate. If you have a spouse or partner and children (known as adult or child dependants), you should claim a jobseeker’s payment as you will get a higher rate.

If you left work to care for a child because of school or childcare closures and your employer is no longer paying you, in some circumstances, you may qualify for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Contact the DEASP using MyWelfare or call 1890 800 024 to find out if you can qualify.

 

People who cannot get the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

You cannot claim the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, if you:

  • Are continuing to get income from your employment or
  • Voluntarily left your employment

If you applied for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and your employer has re-employed you under the new COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme, you must close your claim for Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. You can close your claim using MyWelfare.ie.

If you are returning to Ireland after losing employment abroad, you are not eligible for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. You can apply for a jobseeker’s payment or Supplementary Welfare Allowance.

 

Rates

From 24 March 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid at a flat rate of €350 per week for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

There is no payment for dependants.

Before 24 March 2020, the rate of payment was €203. If you became eligible for a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment at the rate of €203, your payment is paid at the increased rate from 24 March 2020. This higher rate will not backdated to before 24 March 2020.

 

Getting paid

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid every Tuesday into a bank account in the State.

 

Taxation of COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Revenue has indicated that it will treat the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment as taxable income. Depending on a person’s overall income during a year, the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment may affect a person’s overall tax liability for the year.

 

 

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