Jack Quann
Jack Quann

12.43 20 Apr 2020


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New figures from the Department of Social Protection show more than one million people are receiving  some sort of State income support.

There are 584,000 people in receipt a Pandemic Unemployment Payment due to the coronavirus.

Some 252,000 of these are women, while 332,000 are  men.

Around 50,000 people will be receiving their first payment on Tuesday.

These payments are in addition to the 212,000 people on the Live Register.

More than 46,000 employers have now registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, which has paid out €321m to business since it was established.

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty says: "Between our COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, those on the Live Register and workers who are benefitting from the wage subsidy scheme, over one million people are receiving some sort of state income support.

"This is a temporary health emergency and many sectors of the economy will be able to switch back on relatively quickly once the danger has passed.

"However, some sectors will be slower than others to recover and we will also have a challenge with youth employment as many young people who could have expected to have entered a buoyant jobs market will now face a much more complex environment.

"Understanding this, my department is already planning for the post-pandemic environment and considering the best measures to help every worker to get back into the labour force as quickly as possible."

In total since its launch, and excluding duplicate claims, the department has processed applications from 672,000 people for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment or a jobseeker’s payment.

To date, over 51,000 people have contacted the department to close their payment.

The majority of these were because employers were taking people back onto their payroll under the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.

However, approximately 52,000 payments have been withheld for a variety of reasons - including for people who were still in employment, who had not been in employment prior to claiming the payment, or because they submitted incorrect details.

The department says it is "continuing to resolve any issues, such as invalid IBANS or PPSNs, with legitimate applications and is contacting the people concerned directly over the next few days."

Some 32,000 people have been medically certified for receipt of the COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit.

This mainly relates to 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 the virus.

Main image: Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty speaking to the media at Government Buildings on the latest Government actions in response to COVID-19. Photo by: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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