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Almost 40% Of People On Covid Payment Were Earning Less Than €300 A Week Before

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

8:14 AM - 21 May 2020



Almost 4 in 10 people getting the Covid-19 unemployment payment were earning less than 300 euro a week before the outbreak.

Just under 600 thousand people are claiming the payment.

A report by the Department of Business - seen by the Irish Times - shows that 38% of those in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment payment were earning less than €300 per week before they lost their jobs as a result of the virus.

The payment is worth €350 per week.

This means around 200 thousand people are better of unemployed than they are working.

Many of these were working part-time in the hospitality industry.

The sustainability of the payment is a concern for Government, however, it's been accepted by the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance that it will need to be extended beyond its initial June expiry date.



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