Social Protection Minister, Heather Humphreys TD, secured Government approval today to keep the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) open to new applicants until March 31st 2021.
To date, over €4.3 billion has been paid out under PUP to hundreds of thousands of people who lost their jobs as a result of the Pandemic.
Following a Government decision in September, PUP was due to close to new applications on 31st December next.
However, the extension of the closing date to 31st March will ensure workers can still access the PUP in January in the event that their employment ceases after Christmas.
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