1.2 Million Social Welfare Recipients Will Receive Their Christmas Bonus This Week 5 years ago

1.2 Million Social Welfare Recipients Will Receive Their Christmas Bonus This Week

More than one million social welfare recipients will collect their Christmas bonus this week, with pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and the long-term unemployed among those to collect payments amounting to €221m.

According to the Department of Social Protection, the bonus, which was abolished by the previous government but is being paid at a rate of 85 per cent this year, will be be collected by 590,000 pensioners and 620,000 other welfare recipients.

A one-parent family with one child will receive an extra €185.10 for Christmas, rising to €210.50 for two children and €261 for four children.

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar said:

“I’m very pleased that the Christmas Bonus is being paid again this year. It’s an important payment in the run-up to the festive season, and I’m especially pleased that we have been able to pay it at a rate of 85% of the benefit.

This is the highest level of payment since the bonus was abolished by the previous Government.

“The most important impact of the Christmas Bonus is for the recipients. But it also represents a significant boost for local economies with an additional €221 million being made available," he added.

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You can check the full rates of Christmas bonus payments below.

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