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Christmas Bonus

Introduction

It was announced in Budget 2015 that a Christmas Bonus of 25% will be paid in December to people getting a long-term social welfare payment (minimum payment of €20) to help with costs over this period.

Rules

The Christmas Bonus will be paid to people getting the following payments:

  • 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
  • Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (long-term only - over 391 days or 15 months)
  • Blind Pension
  • Carer's Allowance and Benefit
  • 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
  • Gateway
  • 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 - over 390 days or 15 months)
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (Transition)
  • Magdalen Laundry Payments
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • State Pension (Contributory), (Non-Contributory) and (Transition)
  • Tús
  • Widow, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
Page updated: 12 November 2014

Contact Us

If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.