Breaking now re changes to PUP
The Pandemic Unemployment Payment is to be extended until next April but will be gradually reduced to €203 per week over that period based on the pre-pandemic earnings of the claimant.
We filed my husband's income tax return and sent it to the PUP Rerate team two weeks ago. We received the same response by email. I then replied asking for details of the appeals process. That same day my local TD received a response which contradicted the PUP Rerate team's reply. it said: "Received a written reply today, postmarked Waterford, to my request for a review of the weekly rate.
The outcome of the review is I will remain on the lower rate.
It explicitly states "under PUP rating rules, self-employed incomes can only be examined in respect of the 2018 year and the income figures used by the Department for PUP (and all other schemes) is always the figure after capital allowances and deductible business expenses".
There is no return address on the letter and it's signed the "PUP Rerate Team".
There is also no invitation to submit 2019 tax return details.
Has anyone had a similar letter or have they been invited to submit 2019 details?
No there is not, probably because it hasn't had a statutory footing until this past week or so. But it is totally unacceptable. I have asked for the appeal process and no response. Usually, you only have a certain amount of time to appeal a decision by a social welfare officer. But you must be notified of this deadline. I doubt there are any procedures at all yet and the PUP Rerate team seem to be doing what they want based on "guidelines" from the DEASP.Is there anything available that sets out the precise rules of the PUP scheme? There are guidelines on gov.ie but these amount to little more than a few bullet points. Plus, they have changed on a number of occasions. There doesn't appear to be anything like the operational guidelines that are published for every other social welfare payment.
Hi Finny, Can I ask how long it took for the DEASP to pay the arrears due and whether you received the correct amount? TIAThey are reinstating my husband to 350 and paying him arrears. They said that they will take the more favourable 2019 income (we filed the 2019 income tax return (didn't pay the tax due yet) a few weeks ago and sent it to them) into account which gives him an average weekly income above 300 p/w.
For anyone arguing their 2019 income was more and should have this taken into account instead of 2018 it might be an idea to file your return and send it to the PUP Rerate team. The letter concluded, "the Department regrets the disruption to your entitlements". As he works in the events industry and is likely to be on the PUP for some time this is a huge relief for us financially.
Hi, I received an email confirming my successful re-rating within a week of asking for it - the email arrived on 17th November last.Hi Dinarius, Can I ask if you were successful in getting a PUP rerate and how long it took for the arrears to be paid?
Similarly I received a rerate confirmation the next day (16th December) after submitting 2019 income details from Revenue and the next payment was the rerated amount.Hi, I received an email confirming my successful re-rating within a week of asking for it - the email arrived on 17th November last.
The email also mentioned that I would be paid arrears "...in the near future."
As of today, I have received no arrears.