Arrears of Pandemic Unemployment Payment are Expected To Be Paid to Majority of Claimants in early December.
Since the start of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in March, no one has been paid any arrears. If a claim was delayed in getting paid – then no backdating was included with the first payment for anyone.
But – it looks like Social Welfare might finally be sorting sort out the payment of the PUP arrears – but not for everyone.
PUP Arrears could be paid to as many as 300,000 people as soon as December 1st.
On November 25th , a Social Welfare official said in a reply to a Dail committee that they ..
“hope next week that the majority of cases will be paid. There will be a small minority which we will have to do manually. These will follow. ”
The official also stated, “I appreciate that Christmas is coming, and our intention is that the vast majority will be paid on Tuesday next.”
We take this to mean Tue Dec 1st. However – a contact in Social Welfare has told us that the arrears payments will be made separately to the normal Tuesday PUP payment.
There will be some people who may not get their arrears his week, especially where there have been gaps in claims. This will be because further checks might need to be made on possible overlaps with the wage subsidy scheme or overlapping wages. They also need to check possible overlapping claims for other schemes, such as jobseekers and illness benefit. You can request a statement of arrears HERE .
The good news for many people is that the payment of PUP arrears will be followed by the PUP Christmas Bonus on Dec 8th – which should be paid to thousands of PUP claimants. (But not all).
An Example of PUP Arrears Calculation
A normal weekly PUP payment is paid on a Tuesday and covers the 7 days from the previous Thursday back to the Friday the week before that.
- If someone’s last day of work was Fri April 3rd but they didn’t get a PUP payment until Tue April 21st.
- That first PUP payment would have been for only one week and would have covered the dates Fri 10th to Thur 16th April.
- They will therefore be owed arrears for the 4th to Wed 9th of April, which will count as one week.
- (Even if you were out of work for at least one day – it means you get a full weeks payment.)
Weekly Rate Used
They should be paying the arrears at the rate of PUP that was valid at the time of the claim , regardlesss of the rate you may be on now.
Remember that at the start of March 2020 the PUP rate was €203. It did not go up to €350 until the 24th March. So – if you are only owed a week or two it may well be €203 or €406.
If you are not currently on the PUP you should still get paid these arrears if you are due any.