Number of Pup recipients falls to lowest since March 2020

The number of people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment was approximately 192,000 this week, a decrease of almost 10,000 on the previous week

28th July, 2021
Number of Pup recipients falls to lowest since March 2020
Heather Humphreys, Minister for Social Protection, said the decline in payment recipients demonstrated ‘the progress we are making in re-opening our economy and getting our citizens back to work’. Picture:

Pup numbers fell below 200,000 for the first time since the Covid-19 payment scheme was introduced in March 2020, new figures from the Department of Social Protection show.

A little over 192,000 people were in receipt of the payment this week, down 9,800 on the last week, with approximately €56.9 million paid into bank accounts.

“To put this into context, there were over 481,000 people relying on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in early February of this year – the...

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