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Thousands availing of pandemic payment are better-off than when they were working


Nearly forty per cent of people getting the special Covid-19 payment were previously earning less than 300 euro a week.

Nearly 600 thousand people, including 17 thousand 800 in Carlow and Kilkenny are getting the state’s 350 euro a week payment, paid by the Department of Social Protection.

Thirty eight percentĀ  are better off unemployed than they were working – that equates to around 200 thousand people.

The stats are based on a new report by the Department of Business, according to The Irish Times.