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How do I apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment?

I run a small business by myself but I have closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. How do I apply for social welfare?

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new payment put in place by the government and is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed to give those affected quick access to a social welfare payment and provide income security during the pandemic.
There are two steps to applying for social welfare:

Step 1 – apply for Pandemic Unemployment Payment

  • Download and fill in the one-page form here and FREEPOST PO Box 12896, Dublin 1 
  • A flat rate payment of €203 per week will be paid to you for a period of 6 weeks

Step 2 – apply for Jobseeker's Payment

  • You should also apply for the full Jobseeker's Payment, through  
  • Once this full application is received it will be processed and you will continue to receive your payments after the initial 6 weeks if you are still out of work. Also if you are entitled to more than the €203 per week (due to having dependents etc.) then the payment will be increased accordingly and backdated. 

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