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Social Welfare Christmas bonus to be issued in first week of December

24 November 2015 Latest News Local News News

THE CHRISTMAS BONUS,which was partially restored last year, has been increased by 50% for people on weekly long-term social welfare payments, and is due to be paid to recipients from next week .

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. Abolished in 2009 by the previous government, the Christmas bonus was partially restored by the Tánaiste last year and is being increased this year.

Here are the exact amounts recipients of social welfare will receive in the bonus scheme:

  • A pensioner couple both in receipt of the non-contributory State Pension will receive a bonus payment of €328.50
  • A single person on Disability Allowance will be in line for a bonus of €141
  • A person on carer’s allowance with two dependent children will get a bonus of €197.70
  • A long-term jobseeker with a dependent partner and two dependent children will receive a bonus of €279.30
  • The Bonus is also being paid to certain participants of Community Employment, Back to Education, Rural Social Scheme, Gateway, Tus and the Back to Work Family Dividend

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin  signed the regulations to allow for the payments into law on Monday 23rd of November

Public Expenditure Minister Minister Brendan Howlin said “We are committed to ensuring that the benefits of recovery are shared across society and so I am delighted that our continued economic progress has enabled us to pay a 75% Christmas Bonus to social welfare recipients this year.”, while Tánaiste Joan Burton said that the bonus played an “important role in ensuring we can improve things for every person, not just a few”.




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