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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.

If you are getting an eligible payment the Christmas Bonus will be paid during the week starting Monday 1 December and ending Friday 5 December 5. It will be paid on the day you are usually paid.

Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) is paid monthly on the third Tuesday of each month and people getting DCA will be paid their Christmas Bonus on Tuesday 16 December.

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 390 days or 15 months)
  • Blind Pension
  • Carer's Allowance and Benefit (including half-rate Carer's Allowance)
  • 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
  • VTOS (people coming from jobseeker's payments must have been on their payment and/or VTOS for 15 months)
  • Widow, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)

The Christmas Bonus is also paid to people gettting Blind Welfare Allowance, Mobility Allowance, and rehabilitative training allowances from the HSE. Survivors of Thalidomide who get payments from the Department of Health will also receive the bonus. It will also be paid to certain participants on some Further Education and Training courses funded by SOLAS (people coming from jobseeker's payments must have been on their payment and/or training allowance for 15 months).

Rates

The Christmas Bonus is 25% of your normal weekly payment (including the Living Alone Increase, the Island Allowance and the Over-80 Increase). The Christmas Bonus does not include Fuel Allowance if that is in payment.

If an Increase for a Qualified Adult is paid directly to your dependent spouse, civil partner or cohabitant the Christmas Bonus will also be paid directly to them.

The Christmas Bonus is 25% of your normal payment (including any payments for qualified adults or children) with a minimum payment of €20.

Note that for Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) which is paid monthly the bonus is 25% of the weekly payment. The DCA portion of the Bonus is calculated independently of other payments. So, for example, if you are getting DCA for one child 25% of the weekly payment is €17.79. The minimum Christmas Bonus payment of €20 will therefore be paid.


Page updated: 28 November 2014

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