Four in ten people earning more on Covid-19 payment

Almost 4 in 10 people getting the Covid-19 unemployment payment were earning less than €300 a week before the outbreak.

Just under 600,000 people are claiming the payment.

A report by the Department of Business – seen by the Irish Times – shows that 38 per cent of those in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment payment were earning less than €300 per week before they lost their jobs as a result of the virus.

The payment is worth €350 per week.

This means around 200,000 people are better of unemployed than they are working.

Many of these were working part-time in the hospitality industry.

The sustainability of the payment is a concern for Government, however it’s been accepted by the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance that it will need to be extended beyond its initial June expiry date.