The payment for full-time workers is set to be phased out over time.

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment is to be cut for part-time workers. Meanwhile, the payment for full-time workers is set to be phased out over time.

The emergency PUP scheme was to due to end on Monday, but speaking in the Daíl today the Taoiseach says it is to be extended for months. There have been reports the €350 a week payment for part-time workers will be reduced to the Jobseeker’s allowance rate of €203.

Leo Varadkar says those who were previously working full-time will not be affected:

“Nobody who was working full time before the pandemic will see their unemployment payment cut. It will stay at €350 a week for those who were working full time prior to the pandemic hitting”.

The future of the wage subsidy scheme is also to come before Cabinet tomorrow.

Latest figures show there has been 36,000 fewer people applying for these payments in the past week.