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Christmas Bonus 2016

Social Welfare Christmas Bonus to be issued during the week beginning November 28th.

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The Christmas Bonus, which was partially restored 2 years ago, has been increased by a further 10% for people on weekly long-term social welfare payments. It was confirmed in Budget 2017 that there will be an 85% bonus for Christmas 2016. It will be paid to pensioners and most welfare recipients.

As announced in the Budget in October, the payments for pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and people who are long-term unemployed will rise by 75% this year.

The Christmas Bonus will be paid out to all eligible recipients along with their normal weekly payment during the week beginning November 28th 2016.  Anyone getting monthly payments will get the bonus in their December payment.

Here are some sample amounts recipients of social welfare may receive in the bonus scheme for Christmas Bonus 2016 (Based on 85%):

  • Single Pensioner (Contributory) – Weekly Pension = €233.30 – Bonus of €198.30
  • Pensioner Couple – Weekly payment = €442.30 – Bonus will be €376
  • Jobseekers Single Person – Weekly payment = €188 – Bonus will be €160
  • Jobseekers – Couple + 2 children. Weekly payment = €372.40 – Bonus will be €316.50
  • The minimum Christmas Bonus payment is €20

The Christmas Bonus calculation does not include Fuel Allowance

The following payment types are eligible for the Christmas Bonus in Ireland.
  • Back to Education Allowance (people coming from Jobseeker’s payments must have been on their payment and/or BTEA for 15 months)
  • Back to Work Allowance
  • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (long-term only – over 391 days or 15 months)
  • Blind Pension
  • Carer’s Allowance and Benefit
  • Community Employment
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance and Benefit
  • Disability Allowance
  • Disablement Pension and Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance (85% of the weekly amount – more details below)
  • Farm Assist
  • Gateway
  • Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Job Initiative
  • JobBridge (people coming from jobseeker’s payments must have been on their payment and/or JobBridge for 15 months)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (long-term only – over 390 days or 15 months unemployed on JB/JA)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (Transition)
  • Magdalen Laundry Payments
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • State Pension (Contributory), (Non-Contributory) and (Transition)
  • Tús
  • Widow, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
  • VTOS (people coming from jobseeker’s payments must have been on their payment and/or VTOS for 15 months)

People getting Blind Welfare Allowance, Mobility Allowance, and rehabilitative training allowances from the HSE will get the bonus.

Survivors of Thalidomide who get payments from the Department of Health will also get the Christmas Bonus in 2016.

It is also paid to certain participants on some Further Education and Training courses funded by SOLAS (people coming from jobseeker’s payments must have been on their payment and/or training allowance for 15 months).

Unfortunately if you are not getting one of the payments listed above – then you won’t get the bonus. FIS is not eligible, nor is Illness Benefit or Maternity Benefit.

There will also be a “double week” of welfare and pension payments just before Christmas.

See the details of the Christmas Double Payment Arrangements Here

Double Payment Week : 19th December

People who are paid weekly and collect their payments at Post Offices will receive their normal payment and an advance/double  payment (for the following week.)  The double payment will be made in the week beginning Monday 19th December 2016.

So – any payments due between 26th and 31st December will be made in the previous week along with your normal payment for that week. There will be no “regular” weekly payments during the week beginning Monday 26th December 2015.

  • Payments due for collection on Monday 26th December 2016 may be collected from Monday 19th December 2016.
  • Payments due for collection on Tuesday 27th December 2016 may be collected from Tuesday 20th December 2016.
  • Payments due for collection on Wednesday 28th December 2016 may be collected from Wednesday 21st December 2016.
  • Payments due for collection onThursday 29th December 2016 may be collected from Thursday 22nd December 2016.
  • Payments due for Friday 30th December 2016 may be collected from Friday 23rd December 2016.
  • Payments due for Monday 2nd January 2017 may be collected from Friday 30th December 2016.


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