The social welfare Christmas Bonus will be paid next week
Starting next week people are expected to receive their social welfare Christmas Bonus.
The payments will begin to be paid on November 28 and continue over the week until December 2.
In 2016 the Christmas Bonus will be 85 per cent of your normal weekly payment.
It was abolished in 2009 but restored in 2014 by Joan Burton. It was increased from 75 per cent of a normal payment to 85 per cent in this year's budget.
According to Citizens Information, those in receipt of the Christmas Bonus payment are
- Back to Education Allowance (people coming from jobseeker's payments must have been on their payment and/or BTEA for 15 months)
- Back to Work Allowance
- Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
- Back to Work Family Dividend
- Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (long-term only - 15 months)
- Blind Pension
- Carer's Allowance and Benefit (including half-rate Carer's Allowance)
- Community Employment
- Deserted Wife's Allowance and Benefit
- Disability Allowance
- Disablement Pension and Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
- Domiciliary Care Allowance
- Farm Assist
- Guardian's Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
- Invalidity Pension
- Job Initiative
- JobBridge (people coming from jobseeker's payments must have been on their payment and/or JobBridge for 15 months)
- Jobseeker's Allowance (long-term only - 15 months (over 390 days of unemployment))
- Jobseeker's Transitional payment
- Magdalen Laundry Payments
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Partial Capacity Benefit
- Pre-Retirement Allowance
- Rural Social Scheme
- State Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
- VTOS (people coming from jobseeker's payments must have been on their payment and/or VTOS for 15 months)
- Widow, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
The Christmas Bonus is also paid to people getting Blind Welfare Allowance, Mobility Allowance, and rehabilitative training allowances from the HSE. Survivors of Thalidomide who get payments from the Department of Health also get the bonus.
However, the Christmas Bonus does not include Fuel Allowance.
And if you get two social welfare payments (for example, a primary payment and a half-rate Carer's allowance) you will get the Christmas Bonus in respect of both payments.