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Close your Pandemic Unemployment Payment the day you return to work

The government has announced that the first phase of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business is due to commence on Monday 18 May.

Taking this into account, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection wishes to advise workers who may be returning to work on Monday 18 May to close their claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) on that day to make sure that they will not lose out in getting their payment for this week. This payment is due on Tuesday 19 May.

Similarly, workers who will be returning to work any time after Monday 18 May are asked to close their claim for the PUP payment on the actual date that they start back at work.

The easiest way to close a claim for the pandemic unemployment payment is online via

Should any worker have an enquiry about closing their claim, they can contact the department’s dedicated income support helpline at 1890 800 024 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).