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Christmas Bonus

Introduction

A Christmas Bonus will be paid in December 2016 to people getting a long-term social welfare payment.

In 2016 the Christmas Bonus will be 85% of your normal weekly payment. The Christmas Bonus is generally paid during the first week of December. This year the Christmas Bonus will be paid over the week 28 November to 2 December 2016.

Rules

In December 2016, 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
  • Back to Work Family Dividend
  • Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (long-term only - 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 - 15 months (over 390 days of unemployment))
  • Jobseeker's Transitional payment
  • Magdalen Laundry Payments
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • State Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
  • 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)

For Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) or Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (BSWA), you must be getting the payment for 15 months to get a Christmas Bonus. However, if you were getting another payment eligible for the Christmas Bonus immediately before claiming JA or BSWA, and your combined time on eligible payments is 15 months, you will get the Christmas Bonus.

It will be paid to certain participants on some Further Education and Training (FET) courses (people coming from jobseeker's payments must have been on their payment and/or training allowance for 15 months).

Note that for Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) which is paid monthly the bonus is 85% of the weekly payment. The DCA portion of the Bonus is calculated independently of other payments. So, for example, if you were getting DCA for one child 85% of the weekly payment is €60.70.

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 also get the bonus.

Rates

In 2016 the Christmas Bonus will be 85% 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. The minimum Christmas Bonus payment is €20.

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.

If you are getting 2 eligible social welfare payments (for example, a One-Parent Family Payment and the Domiciliary Care Allowance or a half-rate Carer’s Allowance as well as your primary payment) you will get the Christmas Bonus in respect of both payments.

Further information

Christmas Bonus 2015

The Christmas Bonus was 75% of the normal weekly payment (including the Living Alone Increase, the Island Allowance and the Over-80 Increase). The Christmas Bonus did not include Fuel Allowance with a minimum payment of €20.

Page edited: 29 November 2016

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