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Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits


If your work has been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown, you may be eligible for new social welfare payments.

Entitled, naturally enough, Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, it is available to all employees and the self-employed who have suffered a loss of earnings due to the nationwide closure of many businesses.

A payment of €203 per week for up to six weeks, you need to fill in a short, one-page form, and send it free-of-charge to FREEPOST PO BOX 12896 Dublin 1. If you don’t have a printer, you can call 012481398 and they will post the form to you.

You should be able to fill out the form online here, but, Richard at the Business Bureau (beside The Burnaby) tells us he’s leaving printed forms outside each day.

You can find out more about the local response to Covid-19 here.