Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (352)

Jennifer Whitmore

Question:

352. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of childcare professionals who have applied for the pandemic unemployment payment since 1 January 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2703/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

To date over €5 billion has been paid in relation to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) since its introduction in March 2020 in response to the unprecedented effects of the Covid-19 virus.

According to my Department's records, approximately 3,200 childcare workers received PUP on 12 January 2021.

I trust that this clarifies the position.