Pandemic Unemployment Payment – Social Welfare

By now most people will be aware of their entitlement to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, subject to certain criteria. The scheme was continually extended and as such people will continue to be paid.

This payment is made on a weekly basis to the applicant’s account if approved.

However this payment is not like other benefits, unlike Jobseekers Allowance you cannot claim for dependents. It is intended to be a temporary solution to mass lay offs as a result of Covid.

There is also a responsibility for those receiving the payment to notify the Department of Social Protection once they start working again.

If you have accidentally received PUP while working it is important that you notify the Department. While prosecutions for fraud under this scheme have been relatively rare so far, they have certainly occurred.

Man (39) charged with 20 counts of Pandemic Unemployment Payment fraud (

If you have any queries about this matter, or any Social Welfare matter, please contact this office for a consultation.

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