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