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ESRI warns against pandemic payments cut as decision may be put off

Economy could be further damaged if benefit tapered too early, says think tank

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Call: Leo Varadkar said the next government would decide. Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Call: Leo Varadkar said the next government would decide. Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Call: Leo Varadkar said the next government would decide. Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

The country's leading economic think tank has called on the Government to maintain the €350-a-week Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and warned that moves to taper it prematurely would damage the economy further.

The comments from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) came as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar signalled that major decisions on the payments could be put off to the next government.


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