Wednesday 21 March 2018

Christmas bonus due to be paid next week

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Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

THE Christmas bonus, which was restored in October’s Budget, is due to be paid to 1.2m social welfare claimants and pensioners from next week.

Tanaiste Joan Burton and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin today signed the regulations required for the payments to be made from the State coffers.

The decision to increase the Christmas bonus by 50pc in the budget will see a dole claimant receive €141 in the coming weeks, while a pensioner will receive a bonus of €173.

A long-term jobseeker with a dependent partner and two dependent children will receive a bonus of €279.30.

Speaking in Government Buildings today, Ms Burton said:

“As Tánaiste and Labour Party leader, my focus is on trying to ensure we can improve things for every person, not just a few – and the Bonus will play an important role in that.”

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