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COVID-19 Unemployment Benefit Information

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Detailed information on the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and other unemployment benefits is available at Citizens Information

FAQs

Last Reviewed: 3 July

What are my options if I have been temporarily laid off due to COVID-19?

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a social welfare payment for employees and self-employed people who have lost all of their employment due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

You can apply online at www.mywelfare.ie or by post using the Application form below

From 29 June 2020, the rate of payment will be linked to your earnings.

If you were earning €200 or more per week, you will continue to get a payment of €350 per week.

If you are were earning €199.99 or less per week, you will get a payment of €203 per week.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place until 10 August 2020 and will be treated as taxable income.

I am self-employed and have had to close my business due to COVID-19. Can I apply for assistance?

If you are self-employed and your business has closed due to COVID-19, you can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Your average weekly income in 2018 will be used to decide your rate of payment.

If you were earning €200 or more per week, you will continue to get a payment of €350 per week.

If you are were earning €199.99 or less per week, you will get a payment of €203 per week.

You can apply online at www.mywelfare.ie or by post using the Application form below.

From 25 June 2020, if you are self-employed and have closed your COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, you may be able to get an Enterprise Support Grant for small business of up to €1000 to help restart your business. You must apply for the grant within 4 weeks of closing your COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment claim.

My working hours have been reduced. Can I apply for assistance?

If your regular working hours have been reduced to 3 days per week or less due to COVID-19, you can apply for a Short Time Work Support payment.

You can apply online at www.mywelfare.ie

OR

You can apply using a UP1 – Job Seeker’s Allowance/Benefit Application Form

AND

  • a UP1 4STWS – Short Time Work Support Employer Declaration.

I have dependants. Should I apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment?

If you have a spouse or partner and one or more children you should claim a Jobseeker’s Payment instead of the COVID-19 Pandemic Payment.

This is because you can claim an additional allowance for your adult and child dependants, which will bring your weekly payment to in excess of the €350 weekly payment due under the emergency COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

What is the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme?

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme allows employers to continue to pay their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to keep employees registered with their employers so that they will be able to get back to work quickly after the pandemic.

If your employer participates in the scheme, you will not need to apply for a social welfare payment.

You can learn more about the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme at Citizens Information.

Where can I find more information and application forms?

  • All Jobseeker’s forms are available for download at www.gov.ie/jobseekers
  • Email forms@welfare.ie to request application packs.
  • Phone 1890 800 024 or 01 248 1398 to request application packs.

How will I cope if my mortgage payments and other expenses are not covered by the Unemployment Payment?

Banks and financial institutions have agreed to adopt a flexible approach with regard to mortgage and other loan payments during the COVID-19 crisis, including offering payment breaks to customers. In the first instance, you should contact your bank and explain your position to them.

Advisors from the Money Advice and Budgeting Service Board may also be able to assist.

Workers, in receipt of the enhanced Illness Benefit payment who still face financial distress because their employer fails to pay sick pay beyond the level paid by the State, can apply for additional emergency income support in the form of Supplementary Welfare Allowance. This is based on a means test and an examination of expenditure by the person making the application.

Representatives of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are based in Intreo centres or social welfare offices and are responsible for processing the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme.

People who require immediate support can phone 1890 800 024 between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Covid Unemployment Infographic
Covid Unemployment Infographic
Covid Unemployment Benefit Infographic
COVID Unemployment Benefit Form
COVID Unemployment Benefit Form
COVID Unemployment Benefit Form
UP1 Jobseekers Allowance Form
UP1 Jobseekers Allowance Form
UP1 Jobseekers Allowance Form
UP14 STWS Short Time Work Support Form
UP14 STWS Short Time Work Support Form
UP14 STWS Short Time Work Support Form
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