The simple answer is yes, the widowed can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
If you are widowed and were working up until March 13th, you can claim the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and it will be paid in addition to your widowed pension.
How do I apply
To apply for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment you can apply online at mywelfare.ie If you require a form posted out, it can be requested both online or by calling the emergency phone number 1890800024
For more information go to gov.ie
What you will need when applying online
You will need your Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), your bank account IBAN number, your name of course, address and date of birth. If you have dependant children, you’ll be asked for your children’s date of birth and if in education, date when their course will finish. You will be able to part complete the form, save and come back to it later if you don’t have all the information to hand.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment form is straightforward to complete. I contacted the helpline and was informed that we only need to complete the one form. You don’t need to apply for Jobseekers benefit despite some people getting the following message today;
“Message regarding your Emergency Payments application
Thank you for your recent Emergency Payments application. Your application has been submitted and is awaiting review from an officer.
If you are applying for COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, you will also need to apply for Jobseekers. Start your application now.Please note applications are processed in order of received date and we aim to process your application within 7 days. Payments will issue to your bank account once processed.“
If you received the above message requesting you to also apply for Jobseekers, please note, this message is not relevant now. You only need to complete the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment form. I contacted the telephone helpline today and was told changes are happening so quickly that there’s a lag in updating all messaging simultaneously.
When is the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid?
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid on Tuesdays and your widowed pension is paid on Fridays. As of last Friday 27th March, the widowed pension is now paid every two weeks to reduce the amount of time people attend post offices and banks.
What is the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment?
“The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to employees and the self-employed who have lost their job on (or after) March 13 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place for the duration of the crisis. If you have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week, you may qualify for Short Time Work Support.“
I’ve done my best to provide accurate information. If anything changes I’ll update this article as soon as possible. Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section and above all, keep safe – 18:45pm 30/03/2020