Christmas Bonus to benefit pensioners, carers & vulnerable groups, & deliver boost to local economy


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  • Pensioner couple both in receipt of the non-contributory State Pension will receive a bonus payment of €328.50.
  • Single person on Disability Allowance will receive a bonus payment of €141.
  • A person in receipt of a 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 Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D., today (Monday, 23rd November 2015) announced details of the Christmas Bonus that will directly benefit 1.2 million social welfare customers and their dependants. The bonus will be paid during the first week of December.

As announced in the Budget, pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and people who are long-term unemployed will receive a Bonus of 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. 

Today, the Tánaiste and Minister Howlin signed the Regulations which provide for the 75% Christmas Bonus to be paid.

On signing the Regulations, the Tánaiste said: As Tánaiste and Labour Party leader, my focus is on trying to ensure we can improve things for every person, not just a few – and the Bonus will play an important role in that.

“The people of this country deserve immense credit for ensuring that social solidarity remained intact throughout the crisis, when it fractured in other countries. That solidarity is based on a simple concept – that age-old Irish tradition of looking out for someone less fortunate than yourself.

The bonus is not just a welcome assistance to retired people at a financially stressful time of year. It also helps a range of other vulnerable people – including lone parents, long-term jobseekers, carers and people with disabilities. And important, the bonus is spent within the local economy. So it provides a boost not only for the individuals and families who receive it, but also for local businesses and the community.”

Minister 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."       

Weekly social welfare payments with which the Christmas Bonus will be paid include State Pension (Contributory, Non-Contributory), Widow's and Widower's (Contributory and Non Contributory Pension), Guardian's Payment (Contributory and Non-Contributory), Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension, Deserted Wife's Benefit, Carer's Allowance and Benefit, Disability Allowance, Farm Assist long-term Jobseeker's Allowance and long-term Supplementary Welfare Allowance.

The Christmas 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.

ENDS

 

Note for Editors
Appendix 1 – List of schemes for which the Christmas Bonus will be paid and number of recipients
Appendix 2 – Examples of Christmas Bonus payment


Appendix 1

Schemes for which the Christmas Bonus will be paid

Number of recipients to
receive Christmas Bonus

 Pensions 

State Pension (Contributory)

377,029

Widow(er)s' Pension (Contributory)

119,393

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

94,636

Widow(er)s’ Pension (Non-Contributory)

1,690

Illness, Disability and Carers

Disability Allowance

117,221

Carer's Allowance

62,095

Invalidity Pension

54,737

Domiciliary Care Allowance

28,338

OI Disablement

5,976

Carer's Benefit

2,122

Partial Capacity Benefit

1,576

Blind Pension

1,334

OI Death Benefit

638

Working Age Income Supports

Jobseeker's Allowance*

217,643

One Parent Family Payment

42,041

Farm Assist

9,057

Deserted Wife's Benefit

6,885

Supplementary Welfare Allowance*

3,291

Pre-Retirement Allowance

1,098

Direct Provision Allowance*

1,290

Deserted Wife’s Allowance

204

Working Age Employment Supports

Community Employment

24,350

Back to Education Allowance*

14,942

Back to Work Allowance

11,716

Back to Work Family Dividend

10,858

Tús

8,300

JobBridge*

2,695

Rural Social Scheme

2,678

OVERALL TOTAL

1,229,074

 

* In order to be eligible for the bonus, the person must be in receipt of this payment for 15 months.  In the case of BTEA and JobBridge, the person must have 15 months duration prior to the scheme, or would have reached 15 months had he or she not commenced the scheme.


Appendix 2

Payment by Family Type – Examples of Christmas Bonus Payment

Rate of Payment

Christmas Bonus

75%

 Pensioners
 

State Pension (Con) Personal Rate - Single

 €230.30

€172.70

SPC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged 66 or over

 €436.60

€327.50

SPC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged under 66

 €383.80

€287.90

State Pension (Non-Con) Personal Rate - Single

 €219.00

€164.30

State Pension (Non-Con) Personal Rate - Couple (Both entitled in their own right to the SPNC)

 €438.00

€328.50

SPNC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged under 66

 €363.70

€272.80

Pensioner Couple - One in receipt of SPC and the other in receipt of SPNC

 €449.30

€337.00

WSCPCP Personal Rate - aged under 66

 €193.50

€145.10

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 1 child

 €223.30

€167.50

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 2 children

 €253.10

€189.80

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 4 children

 €342.50

€256.90

Jobseekers

Jobseeker's Allowance Personal Rate - Single

 €188.00

€141.00

Jobseeker's Allowance Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate

 €312.80

€234.60

Jobseeker's Allowance Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 1 child

 €342.60

€257.00

Jobseeker's Allowance Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 2 children

 €372.40

€279.30

Jobseeker's Allowance Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 4 children

 €432.00

€324.00

One Parent Family Payment

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 1 child

 €217.80

€163.40

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 2 children

 €247.60

€185.70

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 4 children

 €307.20

€230.40

Carers

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66

 €204.00

€153.00

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 1 child

 €233.80

€175.40

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 2 children

 €263.60

€197.70

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 4 children

 €323.20

€242.40

Last modified:23/11/2015