Christmas Bonus to be paid in week ahead to pensioners & benefit recipients


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Sunday, 27 November 2016: The Christmas Bonus will be paid to 1.2 million social welfare recipients in the week ahead with payments totalling €221 million being made to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed and many other recipients.

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar welcomed the payment of a Bonus of 85% this year which will benefit 590,000 pensioners and 620,000 other welfare recipients.  The majority of customers will receive the bonus during the coming week (ending December 2nd) resulting in an injection into the economy, in particular into the retail sector, of €221 million.

“I’m very pleased that the Christmas Bonus is being paid again this year. It’s an important payment in the run-up to the festive season, and I’m especially pleased that we have been able to pay it at a rate of 85% of the benefit. This is the highest level of payment since the bonus was abolished by the previous Government.

“The most important impact of the Christmas Bonus is for the recipients. But it also represents a significant boost for local economies with an additional €221 million being made available.”

Examples (maximum rates)

  • Pensioner couple both in receipt of the non-contributory State Pension will receive a bonus payment of €337.40
  • Single person on Disability Allowance will receive a bonus payment of €159.80.
  • A person in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance with two dependent children will get a bonus of €224.10
  • A long-term jobseeker with a dependent partner and two dependent children will receive a bonus of €316.50

 

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

Recipient numbers by Scheme

Scheme

2016

Numbers

State Pension Non-Contributory

94,450

Jobseeker's Allowance*

One Parent Family Payment

Widow(er)s' Pension (non-con)

Deserted Wife's Allowance

Supplementary Welfare Allowance*

Direct Provision Allowance*

Farm Assist

Pre-Retirement Allowance

183,850

40,860

1,510

150

3,375

1,170

7,885

510

Community Employment

Rural Social Scheme

Tús

Job Initiative

Back to Work Allowance

JobBridge*

Back to Education Allowance*

Gateway

Back to Work Family Dividend

Disability Allowance

Blind Pension

Carer's Allowance

Domiciliary Care Allowance

22,900

2,575

7,900

810

11,500

1,320

11,820

850

11,600

125,190

1,270

68,420

31,890

Guardian's Payment (non-con)

475

Magdalen Commission Scheme

310

Subtotal Assistance

632,590

 

 

State Pension (Contributory)

Widow(er)s' Surviving Civil Partners Pension (Con)

Occupational Injuries Death Benefit

370,780

122,030

640

Deserted Wife's Benefit

6,520

Partial Capacity Benefit

1,820

Invalidity Pension

Disablement Benefit

Carer's Benefit

55,630

 17,495

2,480

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

900

Subtotal Insurance

578,295

 

 

Total Assistance & Insurance

1,210,885

 

*15 months duration on eligible social welfare payment or scheme  required for jobseekers to be eligible for Bonus


APPENDIX 2

Payment & Family Type

Rate of Payment

Christmas Bonus

85%

Pensioners

State Pension (Con) Personal Rate - Single

 €    233.30

€198.30

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

 €    442.30

€376.00

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

 €    388.80

€330.50

State Pension (Non-Con) Personal Rate - Single

 €    222.00

€188.70

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

 €    444.00

€377.40

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

 €    368.70

€313.40

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

 €    455.30

€387.00

WSCPCP Personal Rate - aged under 66

 €    193.50

€164.50

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 1 child

 €    223.30

€189.80

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 2 children

 €    253.10

€215.10

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 4 children

 €    342.50

€291.10

Jobseekers

Jobseeker's Allowance Personal Rate - Single

 €    188.00

€159.80

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

 €    312.80

€265.90

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

 €    342.60

€291.20

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

 €    372.40

€316.50

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

 €    432.00

€367.20

One Parent Family Payment

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 1 child

 €    217.80

€185.10

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 2 children

 €    247.60

€210.50

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 4 children

 €    307.20

€261.10

Carers

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66

 €    204.00

€173.40

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

 €    233.80

€198.70

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

 €    263.60

€224.10

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

 €    323.20

€274.70

 

Last modified:27/11/2016