Social Welfare Ireland: Covid-19 PUP update and improved sickness benefits and four new ways to claim payment


Updates to the Covid-19 PUP payment and Enhanced Sickness Benefit have been revealed by the Department of Social Protection.

This week, the DSP issued weekly payments worth a total of €19.68 million to 75,648 people claiming the PUP from December 31 to January 6.

This is an increase of 8,743 people from the number of claimants who received payment last week.

All Covid-19 PUP payments were made to a bank account or post office on Tuesday, January 11.

The sector of the economy with the largest number of claimants is “accommodation and food service activities (16,098) and is followed by wholesale and retail trade (12,207) and administrative and of support (8,070)”.

The PUP reopened on December 7 for new claimants and has five different brackets based on people’s weekly earnings.

The five tranches are €350, €300, €250, €208 and €150.

25,073 benefited from the Improved Sickness Allowance from December 31 to January 6, which cost 9.7 million euros. To date, the EIB has cost €190.7 million.

Welfare Minister Heather Humphreys recently changed the eligibility criteria for the EIB.

The five ways to claim the EIB are:

  • Text message from the HSE that they are a close contact.
  • Text message from the HSE that they have a positive PCR.
  • Certificate from your general practitioner attesting that he has symptoms of Covid-19 and/or that he is a probable source of infection.
  • Confirmation from HSE that they have ordered an antigen test.


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