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Government Set to Increase Pandemic Unemployment Payment After Agreeing to New Level Five Restrictions

The Wage Subsidy Scheme will also see changes that will be in place until the end of January 2021.

The Government will increase the Pandemic Unemployment Payment after agreeing to a second lockdown.

Earlier tonight, the Cabinet signed off on moving to Level Five restrictions, albeit with certain changes.

As a result, the PUP will rise to €350 per week for those previously earning €400 or higher a week.

People who earned between €300 and €400 will now receive €300 every week, while those earing between €200 and €300 will get €250.

Anyone who was paid less than €200 will now be in receipt of €203.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme will also see changes that will be in place until the end of January 2021.

Under the amendments, workers earning between €151 and €203 per week will get €203, while those on wages between €203 and €300 will qualify for a payment of €250.

People on incomes between €300 and €400 will receive €300, while those on between €400 and €1,462 will earn €350.

A worrying 244,000 are now claiming PUP, something which will rise drastically as the country enters its second lockdown.

In a meeting that lasted over three hours, the coalition partners signed off on a plan they hope will beat back the progress of Covid.

At that stage, all pubs and restaurants will pull down the shutters and only a takeaway service will be permitted.

But there are some alterations to the plan, which will see GAA inter-county championships to continue, along with horse racing and the Six Nations.

Schools will also remain open, while construction sites will be allowed to continue operating.

And all gyms, pools and leisure centres will be locked as the effort to beat Covid affects both work and play.

High Streets will empty as only essential businesses will be allowed remain open.

Restrictions on movement will also return, with people now only allowed stay within 5km of their home.

People can meet up with someone from one other household outdoors, as long as they live within 5km from each other and maintain social distancing.

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