The Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €350 per week has provided valuable financial support to the self-employed who have had to cease trading because of the COVID-19 crisis.
It is very important to note that it is a condition of receiving the payment that you cease trading completely while you are in receipt of it. You cannot even undertake small jobs and if you do wish to resume limited trading you must notify social welfare and come off the payment.
Voluntary unpaid work can be undertaken but you should notify social welfare in advance.
Please note that if you do start trading while in receipt of the Pandemic payment you will be liable to repay any money received under the scheme to social welfare.