Irish social welfare system

Overview Document What is the social welfare system in Ireland? How is it organised and who can apply for social welfare benefits? This document provides an overview of the system and includes links to more information.

Personal Public Service number
Your Personal Public Service (PPS) number is a unique reference number that helps to you access social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland.

Social Welfare appeals
Information about how to appeal decisions about social welfare payments to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.

Public Services Card
The Public Services Card is designed to replace other cards such as the free travel pass and the social services card of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Christmas Bonus
It was announced in Budget 2020 that a 100% Christmas Bonus will be paid in December 2019 to people getting a long-term social welfare payment.