The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, T.D., has secured Government approval to keep the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) open to new applicants until the end of 2020. This means that anyone who loses their employment as a result of the pandemic after September 17th will be able to avail of the appropriate PUP rate. It also means that anyone unfortunate enough to be laid off for a second time will be able to avail of PUP. See Link below for further information.