COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment & Illness Payment


What the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is


This new social welfare payment is available to employees and self-employed people who are unemployed or who have their hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work.

There is no restriction on people aged between 18 and 66 years applying for the payment provided they have been in employment up to now and it has ceased.

To make an application please fill out the following Pandemic payment form and return to PO BOX 12896, Dublin 1.

For more information on the above scheme please see 


What other supports are available for me during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are introducing measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

3 major changes have been announced:

  • the current 6-day waiting period for Illness Benefit will not apply to anyone who has COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or is in medically-required self-isolation
  • the personal rate of Illness Benefit will increase from €203 per week to €305 per week for a maximum of 2 weeks medically-required self-isolation or for the full duration of absence from work following a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
  • the normal social insurance requirements for Illness Benefit will be changed or the means test for Supplementary Welfare Allowance will be removed

You can access public health advice about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at the government's information page.


DEASP Income Support Helpline for COVID-19

This helpline provides information on available income supports for people impacted by COVID-19. Our information team can advise on the most suitable income supports for your circumstances and provide information on how to make an application.

Phone: 012481398,  1890800024

Student Financial Supports and Advice