The head of the Restaurants’ Association of Ireland has said Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) recipients should be asked to present at social welfare offices to prove they are living in the country.
Adrian Cummins said he believes the payment is being defrauded and it is leading to staff shortages across vital industries.
He said sectors, such as hospitality, retail and construction are doing their best to attract staff.
“We have 110,000 people on the PUP payment at the moment.”
“That’s nearly 20pc of where we were in May of 2020. We’ve a number of fully open sectors now… and these are sectors who are trying to attract staff back into the industry.”
“As an association we’d like to ask the Department of Social Protection to ask these recipients to come into the social welfare offices to make sure that they are actually in the State at the moment. And that these people are not and have not left the Irish State and are receiving payments outside of the State,” he said.
Cummins claimed he has anecdotal evidence that these practices are taking place.
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