Minister Regina Doherty announces payment of Social Welfare Christmas Bonus


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27th November 2017

The Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week (commencing Monday 27th November), with payments totalling €219 million being made to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and many other recipients.

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection welcomed the payment of the Bonus – paid at the rate of 85% of a person’s normal weekly payment – to over 630,000 pensioners and 580,000 other social welfare recipients. 

The majority of customers will receive the Bonus this week.

I am very pleased that the Christmas Bonus is being paid again this year,” Minister Doherty said.  “Not only is it a welcome additional support for social welfare customers in the run-up to Christmas – in many cases, the money is spent locally and provides a real boost for local economies.”

Contact Details
E: press.office@welfare.ie
T: 01 704 3860
Twitter: @welfare_ie

Note for Editors

See Appendix 1 (attached) for a list of schemes for which the Christmas bonus will be paid and number of recipients

See Appendix 2 (attached) for examples of Christmas Bonus payments

APPENDIX 1

Recipient Numbers by Scheme

 
      Scheme

2017

Numbers

State Pension Non-Contributory

94,760

Jobseeker's Allowance*

132,040

One Parent Family Payment

39,100

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

1,450

Deserted Wife's Allowance

130

Supplementary Welfare Allowance*

3,157

Direct Provision Allowance

2,900

Farm Assist

7,300

Pre-Retirement Allowance

140

Community Employment

21,740

Rural Social Scheme

2,890

Tús

6,630

Job Initiative

790

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

10,470

Back to Education Allowance*

10,750

Gateway

75

Back to Work Family Dividend

8,075

Disability Allowance

134,030

Blind Pension

1,220

Carer's Allowance

75,640

Domiciliary Care Allowance

34,530

Guardian's Payment (non-con)

500

Magdalen Commission Scheme

310

State Pension (Contributory)

413,580

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

123,780

Occupational Injuries Death Benefit

700

Deserted Wife's Benefit

6,340

Partial Capacity Benefit

2,250

Invalidity Pension

58,550

Disablement Benefit

14,225

Carer's Benefit

2,850

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

1,050

 

 

Total

1,212,550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


APPENDIX 2
 

Payment by Family Type


Payment & Family Type

Rate of Payment

Christmas Bonus

85%

 

Pensioners

State Pension Contributory (SPC) Personal Rate - Single

€238.30

€202.60

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

€451.80

€384.10

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

€397.10

€337.60

State Pension Non-Contributory (SPNC) Personal Rate - Single

€227.00

€193.00

SPNC Personal Rate - Couple (Both entitled in their own right to the SPNC)

€454.00

€385.90

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

€377.00

€320.50

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

€465.30

€395.60

Widow/er’s and Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension (WSCPCP) Personal Rate - aged under 66

€198.50

€168.80

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 1 child

€228.30

€194.10

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 2 children

€258.10

€219.40

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 4 children

€317.70

€270.10

 

Jobseekers

Jobseeker's Allowance (JA) Personal Rate - Single

€193.00

€164.10

JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  (QA) Rate

€321.10

€273.00

JA Couple - Personal Rate and QA  Rate with 1 child

€350.90

€298.30

JA Couple - Personal Rate and QA  Rate with 2 children

€380.70

€323.60

JA Couple - Personal Rate and QA  Rate with 4 children

€440.30

€374.30

 

One Parent Family Payment

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 1 child

€222.80

€189.40

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 2 children

€252.60

€214.80

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 4 children

€312.20

€265.40

 

Carers

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66

€209.00

€177.70

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

€238.80

€203.00

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

€268.60

€228.40

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

€328.20

€279.00

Last modified:27/11/2017