From 17 September 2020 until 31 January 2021 the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be paid at 3 rates.
The rate you receive will depend on the amount you used to get paid:
• if you earned less than €200 per week - the rate of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be €203 per week
• if you earned between €200 and €300 per week - the rate of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be €250 per week
• if you earned over €300 per week - you will receive €300 per week
Why is the rate changing?
As part of the July Jobs Stimulus package the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
(which was meant to finish on 10 August 2020) was extended by 7 months to the end of March 2021. This extension continues the support for people who have lost employment due to the pandemic.
The rates were changed to reflect that the payment had been extended and to take into account the earnings of the applicants before they had lost employment
The date your payment will be affected
If your rate changes, you will notice a difference in the amount you receive on 22 September 2020.
The Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid in arrears, with the payment week running from Friday to Thursday.
This means that the rate change on 17 September takes effect in payments from 22 September.