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Boost for social welfare recipients as Christmas bonus returns while payments to increase

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Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD & Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe TD ahead of Budget 2017
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD & Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe TD ahead of Budget 2017

There was good news for dole recipients today as the return of the Christmas bonus, paid at a rate of 85%, was announced today in Budget 2017.

Those receiving social welfare will receive an 85% payment on top of their regular receipt at Christmas.

It was further announced that all social welfare payments will increase by €5 from March 2017:

Meanwhile, cigarettes have gone up in price in this year's Budget.