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How to close your claim for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

As the Covid-19 restrictions are eased and workplaces like construction sites are reopening it’s important to remember to sign off the Covid-19 payment which you can do through your account here

If you are returning to work and are currently receiving the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, you must stop your payment on your first day back at work.

Stopping your payment

You can stop your payment online at under the COVID-19 payment section.

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If you need information or further assistance please contact the DEASP Income Support Helpline.

DEASP Income Support Helpline for COVID-19

This helpline provides information on available income supports for people impacted by COVID-19. Our information team can advise on the most suitable income supports for your circumstances and provide information on how to make an application.

The rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary.

Employment Support Pack

South West Inner City Local Employment Service have put together a free Employment Support Pack with some valuable tips for searching for Employment such as CV / Interview Tips and other relevant and helpful information.

This pack can be emailed or posted if you get in touch with us and give your details to Orla on 01 5111260 we will arrange email or post.

We hope at some time in the near future to be able to arrange a collection service and will let people know when this is available

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What: The Irish Red Cross and Age Action has publicly launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund to respond to the immediate needs of older people in vulnerable situations across Ireland experiencing additional hardship as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.


How: The Irish Red Cross and Age Action has raised funds to provide additional assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by making once-off grants, up to a maximum of €500, per person/household affected.


Who Can Apply: Older people in need of assistance, family members supporting an older person and carers of older people, social workers and local voluntary organisations or community groups providing direct assistance to individuals within this target group.


What Can I Apply For: Any practical needs that are adding to your hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased social distancing restrictions of cocooning for over 70s. This can include costs of the following examples and other needs as they arise within the scope of this fund;

  • Small household maintenance, repairs and safety improvements
  • Food and basic provisions and associated delivery costs
  • Upgraded or New Small Appliances (fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, cooker, etc.)
  • Providing Digital Technology Equipment, for example, smartphones or tablets
  • Contribution towards increased energy costs or telephone bills
  • Contribution towards additional home or personal security costs
  • Contribution towards additional travel costs for essential reasons (medical appointments, etc.)


How Do I Apply: The COVID-19 Hardship Fund Application Form is available online at the Irish Red Cross and Age Action websites or you can contact our offices to request a form by contacting us at;



Phone: The Irish Red Cross at 01 6424600 or Age Action at 01 475 6989

SWICLEC Live on Twitter

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Directions to our SWICLEC service

If you are seeking training, certification or employment, and you are not attached to a DSP programme, then feel free to use our drop in service to register for free professional supports. Just follow the directions shown in this video to find us and register!

Directions to SWICLEC Local Employment Supports