Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
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]
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 |
|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|