Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Photo of Claire KerraneClaire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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115. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if forecasting for the pandemic unemployment payment that has been carried out for the coming months in consideration of the forthcoming takes account of changes to public health guidelines and a staggered return for a range of sectors; if so, the estimated figures regarding recipients of the payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23306/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The 2021 Further Revised Estimate, to be considered by the Select Committee on Social Protection in late May 2021, will provide for an allocation of €3,323 million for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). This is an increase of almost €2.7 billion on the allocation provided for in the 2021 Revised Estimate published in December 2020.

The 2021 Further Revised Estimate for PUP reflects the Government Decision to fund PUP to end June 2021. While the Estimate envisaged the reopening of some sectors during April and May, it was finalised before the latest Government announcement on 29th April 2021 which provided for a broader reopening of the economy.

The estimated numbers on PUP will continue to be monitored, having regard to the impact of the lifting of restrictions and the future trajectory of the virus.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy at this time.


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