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COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is

This new payment will be available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment has a simple one–page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to the unemployed and provide income security during this 6-week period.

Individuals applying for the payment will be required to apply for the normal jobseeker’s payments within this 6-week period. Once this normal jobseeker claim is subsequently received, the department will process these claims and reconcile payments at that time. This will involve backdating increased payments for certain customers.

We would ask the members of the public to please assist us over the next few days by applying for income support from the department, such as the full Jobseekers Payment, through our online channel mywelfare.ie .

Rates of payment

The flat rate for this payment is €203 paid for a 6-week period and is equivalent to the jobseeker payment rate. During that 6-week period the person will be required to complete and return a full jobseeker's form.

How to Apply

Please download the information pack below

COVIS19 Jobseekers Emergency Payment Guide


Fill out the following application form:

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Application form


Send the completed application form by Freepost to:

PO BOX 12896

Dublin 1.

To help us to process all payments as quickly as possible, we would kindly ask you not to phone the department seeking updates on your application as staff will be focusing on processing applications. Thank you for your co-operation.

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