Social Welfare Christmas Payments to be Paid to Over 1.2 Million People in the First Week of December


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Social Welfare Christmas Payments to be Paid to Over 1.2 Million People in the First Week of December
 
Thursday 21 November 2019
The Christmas Payment will be paid to over 1.2 million social welfare recipients in the first week of December (week commencing Monday 2 December), with payments totalling €279.4 million being made to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and many other recipients.
Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty today said:
 “Last year, I was particularly pleased to announce the restoration of the additional Christmas Payment at a rate of 100%.  I am very happy that despite the current climate of uncertainty generated by Brexit, the Christmas Payment will again be paid at a rate of 100% this year.
“This payment recognises the seasonal needs of people who are long-term financially dependent on their social welfare payment for all or most of their income, such as pensioners, people with disabilities and carers. This payment will help those people meet the extra expenses incurred over the Christmas period as well as provide an additional boost for local economies.”
ENDS
Note for Editors
See Appendix 1 (attached) for a list of schemes for which the Christmas Payment will be paid and the number of recipients.
See Appendix 2 (attached) for the rates of payments of these Social Welfare payments. 
 
Appendix 1
Recipient numbers and cost by Scheme
 
Scheme
2019
100% Cost
Numbers
(€m)
State Pension Non-Contributory
99,389
22.7
Jobseeker's Allowance*
99,058
22.6
One Parent Family Payment
39,859
10.2
Widow(er)s' Pension (non-con)
1,325
0.3
Deserted Wife's Allowance
88
0.0
Supplementary Welfare Allowance*
4,264
0.9
Direct Provision Allowance
2,275
0.1
Farm Assist
5,915
1.2
Community Employment
21,144
5.4
Rural Social Scheme
3,237
0.8
 
s
5,512
1.4
Job Initiative
633
0.3
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
4,277
0.9
Back to Education Allowance*
7,061
1.8
Back to Work Family Dividend
5,791
0.3
Disability Allowance
147,420
32.7
Blind Pension
1,143
0.2
Carer's Allowance
85,037
16.8
Domiciliary Care Allowance
42,709
3.9
Guardian's Payment (non-con)
541
0.1
Magdalen Commission Scheme
440
0.1
 
Subtotal Assistance
577,118
122.9
 
 
 
State Pension (Contributory)
454,214
108.7
Widow(er)s' Surviving Civil Partners Pension (Con)
126,091
30.4
Occupational Injuries Death Benefit
761
0.2
Deserted Wife's Benefit
5,780
1.3
Partial Capacity Benefit
2,961
0.4
Invalidity Pension
58,185
13.6
Disablement Benefit
14,495
0.7
Carer's Benefit
2,884
0.8
Guardian's Payment (Contributory)
1,216
0.3
Subtotal Insurance
666,587
156.5
 
Total Assistance & Insurance
1,243,705
279.4



*15 months duration in receipt of an eligible social welfare payment or scheme is required in order to be eligible for a Christmas Payment.

APPENDIX 2
Payment by Family Type
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Payment & Family Type
Rate of Payment
 
Pensioners
State Pension Contributory (SPC) Personal Rate - Single
€248.30
SPC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged 66 or over
€470.80
SPC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged under 66
€413.70
State Pension Non-Contributory (SPNC) Personal Rate - Single
€237.00
SPNC Personal Rate - Couple (Both entitled in their own right to the SPNC)
€474.00
SPNC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged under 66
€393.60
Pensioner Couple - One in receipt of SPC and the other in receipt of SPNC
€485.30
Widow/er’s and Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension (WSCPCP) Personal Rate - aged under 66
€208.50
WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 1 child (12 years and over)
€245.50
WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 2 children (12 years and over)
€282.50
WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 4 children (12 years and over)
€356.50
 
Jobseekers
Jobseeker's Allowance (JA) Personal Rate - Single
€203.00
JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate
€337.70
JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 1 child (12 years and over)
€374.70
JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 2 children (12 years and over)
€411.70
JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 4 children (12 years and over)
€485.70
 
One-Parent Family Payment
One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 1 child (Under 12 years)
€237.00
One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 2 children (Under 12 years)
€271.00
One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 4 children (Under 12 years)
€339.00
 
Carer’s Allowance 
Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66
€219.00
Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 1 child (12 years and over)
€256.00
Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 2 children (12 years and over)
€293.00
Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 4 children (12 years and over)
€367.00
Last modified:21/11/2019