COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment – reopened

The COVID -19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment scheme was closed to new applicants in July 2021, but it has reopened for a limited time to support people who lose their employment as a result of the new COVID-19 public health restrictions from Tuesday 7 December 2021.

You should apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment on or as soon as possible after your first day of unemployment.

You are only eligible for this payment from your first day of unemployment.

Please only apply when you become unemployed, as we can only process your application when you become eligible.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid in arrears, with the payment week running from Friday to Thursday.

You will get your payment into your bank or credit union account every Tuesday. You can also choose to collect your payment at a post office. You will need to bring a form of identification when collecting your payment

Who can apply?

In order to qualify for the payment, you must be:

  • aged between 18 and 66 years old and
  • are currently living in the Republic of Ireland and
  • have lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic or
  • have been temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic or
  • were self-employed and your trading income has ceased or reduced due to COVID-19 to the extent that you would be available to take up full-time employment and
  • are not in receipt of any income from an employer and
  • are genuinely seeking work

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