Thursday 18 January 2018

Receiving Social Welfare? Here's how your payments will change... and when

Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty pictured alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Stanhope Street Primary School. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty pictured alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Stanhope Street Primary School. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Anne-Marie Walsh

ALL social welfare recipients including pensioners, job seekers and the disabled will get an extra €5 a week from the last week in March next year.

This follows a €5 increase in the maximum rate of all weekly payments for 1.5 million beneficiaries that came into force this year as part of the last budget.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe also said a Christmas bonus, worth 85pc of the weekly payment, will be paid again this  year.

In a further boost for pensioners, the Telephone Support Allowance will rise by €2.50 a week for those living alone and receiving the fuel allowance.

Mr Donohoe also said there would be a €20 increase in the earnings disregard for the One Parent Family Payment and Jobseekers Transitional Scheme.

In addition, the threshold for the Family Income Supplement will rise by €10 a week for families with three children.

The minister said these targeted measures for working families aim to have a positive effect in reducing the risk of poverty and effects of inequality to build a fairer and more decent society.

He said social welfare provides a social security net for the most vulnerable and must continue to be supported to meet the challenges they face.

Mr Donohoe said as the economy recovers, working families and lone parents must be encouraged to participate in the labour market and earn higher incomes.

He said he was conscious that everybody should have the opportunity to share in the benefits of the economy emerging from the Recession.

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