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 mywelfare.ie
- 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.