The Government will avoid a “cliff-edge” when making changes to the special Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment (PUP), a spokesman has said.

The weekly €350 payments are supporting 439,000 workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic but at a significant cost to the exchequer.

From this week, however, the €350 payment will only apply to those whose prior earnings were €200 or higher.

As part of the first significant scaling back of the scheme, those who previously earned less than €200 will now get a reduced payment of €203 in line with Jobseekers’ Benefit.

About 25 per cent or 110,000 recipients are expected to be shifted on to this reduced rate.



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