Almost 30,000 people in Ireland could risk having their Pandemic Unemployment Payment suspended if they do not make contact with the Department of Social Protection.
The deadline for confirming eligibility for the payment is noon tomorrow – Friday 14th August.
In July, as part of the process of assuring the integrity of PUP payments, the department contacted approximately 390,000 people receiving PUP at that time and asked them to confirm their continued eligibility. The vast majority of people have now confirmed their eligibility but a number of people have not responded despite being contacted on three separate occasions.
Although the deadline to respond has already been extended once, a fourth communication issued over the weekend to the people concerned giving them until 12.00 noon on Friday to respond.
If the recipients do not reply, no further payments will be issued after this week.
Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD said: “Where a person who received correspondence from the department and for some reason has not yet responded, I would strongly encourage them to do so now. It is a very simple process and can be completed online at www.MyWelfare.ie. If they do this before 12 noon Friday they will continue to receive their payment as normal.”
262,500 people received the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment on Tuesday – 8,100 of those are in Donegal.
As well as those availing of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, there are now over 69,500 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).