Social assistance: blow for PUP beneficiaries as the government chooses not to increase the rate of dismissed workers

Senior ministers reportedly walk away from increasing PUP benefits for laid-off workers after a special Cabinet subcommittee on Monday evening.

It will deal a devastating blow to thousands of workers in nightclubs and late bars who are at risk of losing their jobs again after the midnight curfew went into effect last week.

Meanwhile, a decision not to cut Covid’s trade supports, EWSS and CRSS payments, which were due to be cut next month, has been postponed.

It is understood that all decisions regarding special supports to company schemes and additional assistance via a completed PUP for workers will now be reviewed next week.

However, the Irish Mirror understands that while it looks good for the government looking after businesses by maintaining their supports, it doesn’t look so good for workers, as a return to PUP is less likely.

The PUP was phased out earlier this month, but many players in the overnight hospitality industry are losing their jobs or working hours again after restrictions were limited back last week – including the new shutdown time. at midnight.

Hotels and restaurants were also hit by the return of restrictions last week, with Christmas parties and receptions being canceled en masse.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin TD speaking in Cork

A special meeting of senior ministers who sit on the Cabinet’s economic subcommittee met on Monday evening to discuss the financial implications of the latest Covid figures.

Everything indicates that key members of the government at the meeting are against loosening the purse strings to increase Covid payments again.

Key ministers present at Monday’s meeting included Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, and the two top “money ministers,” Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath.

The full cabinet is meeting this morning where a note on the effectiveness of booster injections and antigen testing subsidy plans will be presented by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.