Drop in number of people receiving pandemic unemployment payment in Cork

Drop in number of people receiving pandemic unemployment payment in Cork

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphries TD.Photo: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos Dublin

There’s been a further drop in the number of people in Cork who are receiving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

A total of 19,315 people in Cork received a pandemic unemployment payment today, down from 20,500 last week which represents a drop of 1,185.

Last May, 61,900 people in Cork were in receipt of a pandemic unemployment payment (data from May 5th).

The Department of Social Protection yesterday issued payments valued at €65.5 million to 209,941 around the country people for the PUP. 

This represents a decrease of 9,959 on the 219,900 people paid last week and it is a drop of over 64 per cent on the 598,000 paid at its peak on May 5th. 

The sector with the largest number of employees returning to work in the last week is Accommodation and Food Service Activities with 1,304 people going back to work, followed by the Education sector with 1,091 people returning to work.

The largest age cohort returning to work is in the 35-44 group (1,869). 

This is followed by 1,566 in the 25-34 age category and 1,537 aged 45-54.

Commenting on the latest figures, Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys said:“While this week’s decrease is encouraging, it is evident to all of us that Covid-19 continues to be active and can re-surface in our communities without warning.

“As more businesses prepare to re-open and schools and colleges return, it is now vital more than ever that we take every possible precaution to protect ourselves, our families and our work colleagues.” 

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will change rates later this week, with the rate a recipient will receive depending on the amount they previously earned. 

If they earned over €300 (gross) per week - they will now receive €300 per week, if they earned between €200 and €300 (gross) per week - the rate of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will now be €250 per week; and If they earned less than €200 (gross) per week - the rate of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be €203 per week (there is no change to this rate).

Recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will see the impact of these changes in their bank accounts next week, on Tuesday 22nd September.

Meanwhile, parents and guardians of students are being reminded that the Department’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is available to provide financial support with back to school costs.

Minister Humphreys has extended the payment, which is means-tested, to include parents and guardians who are receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Families who wish to make an application can do so via www.MyWelfare.ie.

People should apply by 30th September.

Under the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, €150 is paid for each eligible child aged 4 - 11 years on or before 30 September 2020, while an allowance of €275 is paid for each eligible child aged 12 - 22 years on or before 30 September 2020. 

Students aged between 18 and 22 years must be returning to full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in autumn 2020.

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