More than 1.2m to receive Christmas bonus social welfare payments
ALMOST €220m in Christmas bonus social welfare payments will be paid out this year to some 1.2 million recipients.
Starting today, a total of €219m will go to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and many other recipients.
There were fears that the Christmas Bonus could have been in jeopardy if the Government was to fall.
However, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has confirmed that payment of the bonus will begin this week.
She said: “I am very pleased that the Christmas bonus is being paid again this year. Not only is it a welcome additional support for social welfare customers in the run-up to Christmas – in many cases, the money is spent locally and provides a real boost for local economies.”
The bonus – paid at the rate of 85pc of a person’s normal weekly payment – will be made to over 630,000 pensioners and 580,000 other social welfare recipients.
The Christmas bonus being paid out this year is slightly less than the €221m that was made available last year.
The department has stated that a pensioner couple, both of whom are in receipt of the non-contributory State pension, will receive a bonus payment of €337.40.
Single people on jobseeker’s allowance will receive a bonus of €164.10.