COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new social welfare payment for employees and self-employed people who are unemployed or who have their hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work.
You can apply for the payment if you are aged between 18 and 66 and have lost employment due to the coronavirus restrictions. Students who have lost employment can also apply.
It will be paid for up to 6 weeks and has a simple one–page application form.
The new payment aims to get a social welfare payment to unemployed people quickly.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been told to self-isolate by your GP, you should apply for Illness Benefit.
You can find out more about COVID-19 and social welfare payments.
Both employees and self-employed people can apply for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
You must have lost employment due to the coronavirus pandemic to qualify for the payment. If you are getting another social welfare payment, like Working Family Payment, and you have lost your employment, it can be paid in addition to this.
It is paid for up to 6 weeks.
If you can, when you apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, you should also apply for a normal jobseeker’s payment for your situation. If you can’t apply for a jobseeker’s payment at the same time, you should do so within 6 weeks to ensure you continue to receive a payment (if applicable) after the emergency payment has finished.
Your options are:
Once your normal jobseeker’s payment is being paid, you will be paid any increases for your spouse or partner and children (known as adult or child dependants). These increases will be backdated to the date you applied for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid at a flat rate of €203 per week.
If you are getting another social welfare payment, like Working Family Payment, and you have lost your employment, it can be paid in addition to this.
Where to apply
Post your COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment application form to: