Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Published at 23 July 2020
Last updated 15 September 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
was due to close on 10 August. As part of the July Stimulus Package, the payment will be extended to April 2021.
The payment was only open to new applicants up to 17 September. Applications for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
have now been further extended to the end of 2020.
The payment rate will be gradually tapered between now and April 2021 by linking the payment rate to prior earnings.
From 17 September there will be three rates of payment:
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates will be adjusted further in February and April 2021.
As part of the July Stimulus Package, there will be an additional 45,500 places in employment schemes and services.
The department will also work with the Department of Finance to develop and implement a new Short-Time Working scheme, using the wage subsidy model.
For more information, see the press release.
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