Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Heather Humphreys has assured pandemic unemployment payment claimants that any back payments owing will be processed and claimants will be notified.

 

She made her remarks while answering a question placed by Deputy Michael Healy-Rae who asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if persons will receive back payment in cases in which there was a delay in receiving the pandemic unemployment payment.

“It is only fair they would get back money considering it was through no fault of their own that they did not get their money on time at the beginning of the scheme which to date has seen 7.8 million payments issued at a cost of over €2.7 billion,” Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said.

The emergency COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment was introduced as a time-limited emergency measure so that payments can be made as quickly as possible to the large number of people who have become fully unemployed due to the pandemic.

 

“It will take time to review all of the applications and assess for back payments. I can assure the Deputy that all cases will be examined and where arrears arise they will be processed and claimants will be notified”, Minister Humphreys confirmed.

 

“This is welcome news as many people felt that they would not receive their back payments. Many people who applied in March had to wait until April before they received a payment, with others getting paid straight away,” Deputy Healy-Rae remarked.