Thousands to receive €350 Covid Unemployment Payment today

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Tens of Thousands of people across the country will receive the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment into their bank accounts from today.

The €350 benefit, which was first introduced two weeks ago, has led to almost 390,000 applications to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

More than a quarter of a million people have received the payment to date, in addition to almost 20,000 new standard jobseeker payments.

Last week, the department said it had experienced unprecedented demand for income supports since mid-March, equivalent to ten months of normal claims in just ten working days.

-Noah Harte