There are 18,700 people in Kildare in receipt of a Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) as of today, 30 June, compared to 19,900 a week previous (23 June).
That’s according to the latest figures from the Department of Social Protection, which this week issued payments valued at €153.6 million to 439,000 people for the Covid-19 PUP (465,900 were paid last week).
Heather Humphreys, the newly appointed Minister with responsibility for Social Protection, welcomed the continuing fall in the number of people depending on that payment.
“I look forward to working closely with the officials in my Department in making every effort to help people who have lost their jobs get back into employment as quickly as possible,” she said. “This will involve providing people from all communities across the State with the necessary supports and services to assist them transition back into employment. This will be one of my main priorities as Minister with responsibility for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands and it will be high on my agenda when I meet with senior management in my Department early this week.”