My budget: ‘Disappointed PUP wasn’t restored’
Luke Murphy qualified last year with a diploma and was earning €1,000 a week before Covid-19 struck
Luke Murphy (19) at home in Carnew village. Photograph Nick Bradshaw
Luke Murphy qualified last year with a diploma in live sound, lighting and stage production and was earning €1,000 a week before Covid-19 struck, though he needed it since his Dublin rent cost €1,000 month.
He is disappointed that PUP has not been restored. “It is not enough to pay the bills. I can only survive on it because I have moved back in with my parents,” he said.
“Warehousing” self-employed taxes for a year without penalty is welcome: “It gives us a year to get them paid interest-free, but it doesn’t get rid of the problem.”