Wed, 29 Jul, 2020
PUP recipients will not have pay cut for Green List holidays

The Government have performed yet another U-turn, this time over the issue of payments to those receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), who choose to go on holiday to countries on the Government's 'Green List'

The Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said today that she will sign a regulation allowing those in receipt of PUP to travel to green list countries without being penalised by withdrawal of their payments.

The Social Protection Department will now review all cases to date where people affected have had their payments stopped.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin had said that more than 2,000 people in receipt of PUP have had their cases closed as a result of checks carried out at Dublin Airport - checks which have left even more questions unanswered by the Government, such as how and from whom, they obtained the information on those concerned.

No figures have yet been released as to exactly how many of those whose cases were closed, had their money stopped justifiably.

Legislation was passed last night declaring that anyone in receipt of PUP must be 'actively seeking employment' - a decision that has been called discriminatory and a deep insult to all those who are in employment already but unable to work because of the Pandemic regulations.

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