Update on Payments Awarded for Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Enhanced Illness Benefit





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Today, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection issued payments valued at €202.8m to 579,400 people in respect of their application for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). This is a reduction of 5,200 on the number of people paid at the same point last week.  Amongst the recipients are 35,600 who have now informed the Department that they are returning to work and 33,400 of these will be receiving their last payment this week.

 

As well as those on the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, there are now almost 56,300 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) with at least one subsidy being paid in respect of over 482,800 people under that scheme.

The above payments are in addition to the 214,700 people who were reported on the Live Register as of the end of April.

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty today said:

“The Pandemic Unemployment Payment provided families throughout the country with immediate assistance at breakneck speed following the overnight loss of hundreds of thousands of incomes. It was the very definition of an emergency response and played a pivotal role in ensuring the high level of public compliance with the health restrictions introduced to tackle the virus without the relief provided by the payments.

“Today, after a few weeks of plateauing, the indications are that the numbers receiving the payment will now fall as the country gradually reopens. While we did not have the luxury of time to design in detail the income supports we could provide to people as health restrictions were introduced, we now do have the space to plan out and tailor our ongoing response to the pandemic.  

“As we gradually move through the phases of reopening our society, we need to now review the nature of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and how it fits into cross-Government plans to keep Ireland healthy and get the country working again. Any future decisions will be based on our commitment that everyone who needs help will get the most appropriate assistance and also based on the evidence we receive from the reopening of the economy.”

All Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment payments issued will be in recipients’ bank accounts or at their local post office tomorrow, Tuesday 26th May.

People returning to work

Last week, some 44,000 people closed their claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment of which about 35,600 reported that they were returning to work. The balance relates primarily to overlaps with the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.  Of those 35,600 returning to work, approx. 33,400 are receiving their last unemployment payment this week and are included in the 579,400 people reported above. There is a one week lag in how closures due to people returning to work are reflected in the payment data because most of the people concerned will receive a payment tomorrow as the PUP payment is made weekly in arrears and the people concerned were unemployed in the week for which the payment is due.

The main sectors in which people are returning to work are Construction with 12,700 workers back in work. In Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor vehicles and motorcycles, 5,500 have returned to work and 3,700 have returned to their jobs in the Manufacturing sector. A full breakdown of the sectors is set out at Appendix 6 below.

With the first phase of the Government’s Roadmap for the Reopening of Society and Business now in place and the gradual reopening of the economy, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is advising workers who are returning to work that they must close their claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

In order to ensure that their claim is processed correctly, workers who will be returning to work must close their claim for the PUP payment on the actual date that they start back at work.

The easiest way to close a claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is online via www.mywelfare.ie.  Any worker returning to work with an enquiry about closing their claim, can contact the Department’s dedicated income support helpline at 1890 800 024 (Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm).

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Checks

As is the case, for all social welfare schemes, the Department conducts a series of pre and post payment checks for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, including:

  • Integrity checks made against records already held by the Department including Public Service Information data and cross checks with payments on other schemes. These help to verify if a person is who they claim to be and that they are entitled to claim payment.
  • A reconciliation process between the Department’s payment file and Revenue’s payment file for the Covid-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.
  • A prior employment status check by comparing all claims for PUP against prior earnings and employment records from Revenue data.
  • As with other welfare schemes, the Department contacts recipients to ensure that they continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
  • Data analytics
  • The Department’s inspection staff also participating with Garda and Customs staff, in security checks on major transport routes and transport hubs.

Following the application of these checks and controls the Department has this week paid 579,400 people out of the 675,600 unique claims processed, with no payment due to the remaining claims.  The vast majority of the claims were paid within a week of receipt. This indicates the efficiency of using data analytics to both identify incorrect claims and ensure prompt processing of valid claims.

To date, around 156,000 people have contacted the Department to close their Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

There are now almost 56,300 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).  Workers whose employers have registered them on the scheme are not eligible to receive a pandemic unemployment payment. In addition workers who were in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment but who have now been registered by their employers on the TWSS are no longer eligible to receive a payment pandemic unemployment payment

Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit Payment

There are now 46,500 people medically certified for receipt of the Covid-19 enhanced Illness Benefit. This predominantly relates to applications in respect of people who have been advised by their GP to self-isolate together with a smaller number in respect of people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Please apply online at www.MyWelfare.ie

The Department wishes to thank its customers for submitting the majority of applications through our online portal www.MyWelfare.ie. This is the quickest and easiest way to submit an application and enables the Department to allocate resources to contacting those who submitted invalid applications.

Individuals can close their Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment online at www.MyWelfare.ie.

In the interests of the public health advice and the restrictions on movements please if at all possible do not attend your local Intreo Centre as opening hours have now been restricted. Instead please apply through www.MyWelfare.ie.

Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

There are now almost 56,300 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).  Workers whose employers have registered them on the scheme are not eligible to receive a pandemic unemployment payment. In addition workers who were in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment but who have now been registered by their employers on the TWSS are no longer eligible to receive a payment pandemic unemployment payment.

Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit Payment

There are now 46,500 people medically certified for receipt of the Covid-19 enhanced Illness Benefit. This predominantly relates to applications in respect of people who have been advised by their GP to self-isolate together with a smaller number in respect of people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Please apply online at www.MyWelfare.ie

The Department wishes to thank its customers for submitting the majority of applications through our online portal www.MyWelfare.ie. This is the quickest and easiest way to submit an application and enables the Department to allocate resources to contacting those who submitted invalid applications.

Individuals can close their Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment online at www.MyWelfare.ie.

In the interests of the public health advice and the restrictions on movements please if at all possible do not attend your local Intreo Centre as opening hours have now been restricted. Instead please apply through www.MyWelfare.ie.

Appendix 1 – Analysis of Pandemic Unemployment Payments

There are 579,400 people in receipt a Pandemic Unemployment Payment of which 252,200 are female and 327,200 are male.

A total of 681,000 people have received at least one payment since the scheme started.

 

County Breakdown

County Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 26th May Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 19thMay
Carlow 7,400 7,500
Cavan 9,200 9,300
Clare 14,300 14,400
Cork 59,900 60,500
Donegal 21,900 22,200
Dublin 170,300 171,100
Galway 31,600 31,800
Kerry 21,500 21,700
Kildare 25,300 25,500
Kilkenny 10,200 10,300
Laois 8,300 8,400
Leitrim 4,000 4,000
Limerick 21,300 21,600
Longford 4,400 4,500
Louth 16,900 17,000
Mayo 15,900 16,000
Meath 24,100 24,400
Monaghan 8,000 8,100
Offaly 8,700 8,800
Roscommon 6,900 6,900
Sligo 7,400 7,500
Tipperary 17,800 18,100
Waterford 13,700 13,800
Westmeath 11,100 11,300
Wexford 19,600 19,900
Wicklow 18,000 18,200
County not included 1,700 1,800
Total 579,400 584,600

Appendix 2

Appendix 3 – Pandemic Unemployment Payments – Sector Breakdown

The highest sector with people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is Accommodation and Food Service activities (123,700), followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (86,200) and Construction (74,900).

Industrial Sector Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment  on26th May Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 19thMay
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying 8,500 8,600
Manufacturing 34,300 35,000
Electricity, gas supply; Water supply, sewerage and waste management 2,000 2,000
Construction 74,900 76,600
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles 86,200 87,600
Transportation and storage 17,100 17,100
Accommodation and food service activities 123,700 124,500
Information and communication activities 11,900 11,800
Financial and insurance activities 12,500 12,500
Real Estate activities 8,000 8,100
Professional, Scientific and Technical activities 24,300 24,400
Administrative and support service activities 45,500 45,600
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security 14,000 14,200
Education 22,000 21,900
Human Health And Social Work activities 21,600 21,700
Arts, entertainment and recreation 14,200 14,200
Other Sectors 39,100 39,100
Unclassified or unknown 19,600 19,700
Total 579,400 584,600

Appendix 4 – Pandemic Unemployment Payment – Age Profile

Age category Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 26thMay Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 19thMay
< 25 119,300 120,300
25-34 132,500 133,700
35-44 138,300 139,800
45-54 109,400 110,500
55+ 79,900 80,300
Total 579,400 584,600

Appendix 5 – Analysis of People who Closed their PUP Claim to Return to Work

Around 35,600 people who had closed their account since May 16th will receive a Pandemic Unemployment Payment on May 26th.  Of these, 29,300 are males and 6,300 are female

County Breakdown

County Number of employees who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment since 16thMay
Carlow 600
Cavan 800
Clare 900
Cork 4,500
Donegal 1,700
Dublin 6,600
Galway 2,000
Kerry 1,400
Kildare 1,600
Kilkenny 700
Laois 600
Leitrim 200
Limerick 1,300
Longford 300
Louth 900
Mayo 1,100
Meath 1,800
Monaghan 600
Offaly 800
Roscommon 500
Sligo 500
Tipperary 1,400
Waterford 900
Westmeath 800
Wexford 1,800
Wicklow 1,200
County not included 100
Total 35,600

Appendix 6 – Closed Pandemic Unemployment Payments – Sector Breakdown

The top three sectors from which employees closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment since May 16th were Construction (12,700), Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles (5,500) and Manufacturing (3,700).

Industrial Sector Number of employees who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment since 16th May
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying 900
Manufacturing 3,700
Electricity, gas supply; Water supply, sewerage and waste management 200
Construction 12,700
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles 5,500
Transportation and storage 1,000
Accommodation and food service activities 2,000
Information and communication activities 300
Financial and insurance activities 600
Real Estate activities 200
Professional, Scientific and Technical activities 1,300
Administrative and support service activities 2,700
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security 1,200
Education 400
Human Health And Social Work activities 1,100
Arts, entertainment and recreation 300
Other Sectors 900
Unclassified or unknown 600
Total 35,600

Appendix 7 – Closed Pandemic Unemployment Payments – Age Profile

Age category Number of employees who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment since 16th May
< 25 4,300
25-34 9,600
35-44 10,500
45-54 8,000
55+ 5,200
Total 35,600

Appendix 8 – Analysis of Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit

There are 46,500 people medically certified for receipt of a Covid-19 related Illness Benefit payment of which 26,200 are female and 20,300 are male.

County Breakdown (based on the county recorded on the Illness Benefit certificate)

County Number of people who are medically certified for receipt of Enhanced Illness Benefit on 25thMay Number of people who are medically certified for receipt of Enhanced Illness Benefit on 18th May
Carlow 600 600
Cavan 1,200 1,150
Clare 900 900
Cork 5,300 5,000
Donegal 1,100 1,050
Dublin 13,200 12,700
Galway 2,900 2,700
Kerry 1,000 900
Kildare 2,200 2,100
Kilkenny 1,000 900
Laois 800 800
Leitrim 200 200
Limerick 1,600 1,600
Longford 400 350
Louth 1,400 1,400
Mayo 1,100 1,100
Meath 1,800 1,800
Monaghan 700 650
Offaly 800 750
Roscommon 700 600
Sligo 400 350
Tipperary 1,600 1,600
Waterford 1,500 1,400
Westmeath 800 800
Wexford 1,500 1,500
Wicklow 1,500 1,450
Other (NI & Foreign Address) 300 250
Total 46,500 44,600

Appendix 9 – Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit – Sector Breakdown

The highest sector with people medically certified for receipt of a Covid-19 Illness Benefit  payment was Human Health and Social Work (10,300), followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (9,900) and Manufacturing (6,300).

Industrial Sector Number of people medically certified to receive Enhanced  Illness Benefit on 25thMay Number of people medically certified to receive Enhanced Illness Benefit on 18th May
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying 400 400
Manufacturing 6,300 6,000
Electricity, gas, steam supply; Water supply; Sewerage, waste management 200 200
Construction 1,800 1,700
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles 9,900 9,500
Transportation and storage 1,900 1,800
Accommodation and food service activities 1,800 1,700
Information and communication activities 800 800
Financial and insurance activities 1,900 1,900
Real Estate activities 400 400
Professional, Scientific and Technical activities 1,500 1,500
Administrative and support service activities 4,600 4,400
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security 1,900 1,900
Education 800 700
Human Health And Social Work activities 10,300 9,800
Arts, entertainment and recreation 300 300
Other Sectors 1,400 1,300
Unclassified or unknown 300 300
Total 46,500 44,600

Appendix 10 – Enhanced Illness Benefit Age Profile

Age category Number of people medically certified to receive Enhanced Illness Benefit on 25thMay  

Number of people medically certified to receive Enhanced Illness Benefit on 18th May

 

< 25 5,300 5,100
25-34 11,100 10,600
35-44 13,200 12,700
45-54 10,000 9,600
55+ 6,900 6,700
Total 46,500 44,600

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