- Disability and illness
- Unemployed people
- Older and retired people
- Families and children
- Death related benefits
- Social welfare payments and work
- Farming and fishing
- Back to Education
- Extra social welfare benefits
- Supplementary Welfare Schemes
Voluntary work and social welfare paymentsIf you want to keep your social welfare payment and do some voluntary work, you must follow the rules set down by the Department of Social Protection.
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is for employees and self-employed people living in Ireland who have lost their employment due to COVID-19. If you lost your job for another reason, you can apply for a jobseeker’s payment. You can get PUP if you are on a temporary lay-off from employment, or if you have been made redundant.
PUP is available to any registered employee or self-employed worker who has lost all of their work because of COVID-19 and is resident in Ireland. This includes people on student visas and asylum seekers.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) weekly rate from 16 October 2024 to 31 March 2024:
|Average weekly earnings||Personal rate|
|€400 or over||€350|
|€300 – €399.99||€300|
|€200 – €299.99||€250|
|Less than €200||€203|
If you have dependents, you may get a higher payment by applying for a jobseeker’s payment.
You must be genuinely seeking work to qualify for PUP.
If you are parenting alone you may be entitled to One-Parent Family Payment. The other parent of your child may have reduced the maintenance they pay to support your child. You should notify your local Intreo centre in this case. You can get an increase to your payment for up to 12 weeks. After this, you payment will be reassessed.
You should also check if you qualify for Working Family Payment if you have dependent children and your hours or pay have been reduced.
If you are pregnant and getting PUP or being paid through the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), you can still apply for Maternity Benefit, Parent’s Benefit and Paternity Benefit. The time you spend on PUP or being paid through TWSS or EWSS is treated the same as a period of employment. If you are receiving PUP and have not returned to work before you are due to start your maternity leave, you should ask your GP to complete form MB3 (pdf).
Statements and Refunds
Here you can request a statement of the payments made to you, or a record of your PRSI contributions.
Request a statement of your history and record of contributions paid Find out more
Request a Statement of all Payments received. Find out more
Apply for a PRSI Refund. Find out more
Other Social Welfare Payments
This page provides information on a range of other social welfare payments.