Changes to make the Government’s welfare payments “affordable” will be made over the coming weeks, Paschal Donohoe has said

The Finance Minister has indicated cuts may be made to the Government’s Covid-19 welfare payments in the weeks ahead.

Latest figures from the Department of Social Protection show a total of 598,000 people have received the 350 euro per week Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment that was introduced in March.

More than 52,000 employers have registered with the temporary wage subsidy scheme which allows them to pay their employees instead of laying them off.

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