Boost for social welfare recipients as Christmas bonus returns while payments to increase
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.
Donohoe: 85% of Christmas bonus to be restored for all Social Welfare recipients.— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 11, 2016
It was further announced that all social welfare payments will increase by €5 from March 2017:
Donohoe: All weekly social welfare payments to increase by €5 from March. #Budget2017— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 11, 2016
Meanwhile, cigarettes have gone up in price in this year's Budget.