There are 300 fewer Roscommon residents in receipt of the Government’s Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) this week, with 4,900 people remaining on the scheme.
The Department of Social Protection also notes that a further 300 people from the county closed their PUP claim from June 30th, meaning their €350 payment tomorrow will be their last.
At its peak during the week of May 5, Roscommon had 7,100 people receiving the support.
Nationally, the largest number of account closures are from people in the retail and motor repair sectors, with 6,300 closing their account from June 23rd and a further 4,100 leaving on June 30th. Some 2,600 accommodation and food services workers left the scheme on June 23rd and another 3,600 from June 30th, as Phase 3 of the country’s reopening allows for restaurants and some pubs to recommence service.
The newly appointed Minister with responsibility for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, Heather Humphreys, T.D. welcomed the continuing fall in the number of people depending upon the state supports. She said she will make “every effort to help people who have lost their jobs get back into employment as quickly as possible.”
Meanwhile, the Irish Times is reporting that AIB will not be giving the green light to any mortgage applications from people in receipt of Covid-19 state supports. The move will apply to anyone on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment or the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.
AIB said it is “imperative that mistakes of the past are not repeated.”