Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Cormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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1292. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the pandemic unemployment payment scheme; the number of persons availing of the scheme; the cost for each of the weeks ending 15 March to 3 May 2020, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6888/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is an emergency payment introduced by the Government for a 12 week period for employees and self-employed people who have lost all their employment due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The original rate of payment was €203 per week which was increased to €350 per week.

It is expected that 585,000 will receive the payment during week commencing 18th May 2020 costing €204.6 million.

The number of persons availing of the scheme and the weekly expenditure since its introduction are outlined in the following table:

Payment on Recipients Expenditure

€m
24th March 2020 58,739 11.9
31st March 2020 283,038 99.1
7th April 2020 497,626 174.2
14th April 2020 528,343 184.9
21st April 2020 583,317 204.2
28th April 2020 590,976 206.8
5th May 2020 602,106 210.7
11 May 2020 589,638 206.5

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