Christmas Bonus

Introduction

The Christmas Bonus is an extra payment for people getting a long-term social welfare payment. It is usually paid in early December.

The Christmas Bonus is 100% of your normal weekly social welfare payment (the minimum payment is €20).

Budget 2021

A Christmas Bonus of 100% will be paid in early December 2020 to people getting a long-term social welfare payment (minimum payment €20).

The bonus will also be paid to people getting PUP and jobseeker’s payments for at least 4 months.

Can I get a Christmas Bonus?

Details of who will qualify for the Christmas Bonus in 2020 will be published here shortly.

In 2019, people getting the following payments got a Christmas Bonus:

  • Back to Education Allowance (people coming from jobseeker's payments need to be on their payment and/or BTEA for 15 months)
  • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Back to Work Family Dividend
  • Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (long-term only - 15 months/over 455 days)
  • Blind Pension
  • Carer's Allowance and Benefit (including half-rate Carer's Allowance)
  • Community Employment
  • Deserted Wife's Allowance and Benefit
  • Daily Expenses Allowance, formerly called Direct Provision Allowance (long-term only - 15 months)
  • 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
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (long-term only - 15 months/over 390 days of unemployment)
  • Jobseeker's Transitional payment
  • Magdalene Laundry Payment
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • 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)

The Christmas Bonus is also paid to people getting Blind Welfare Allowance, Mobility Allowance, and rehabilitative training allowance from the HSE. Survivors of Thalidomide who get payments from the Department of Health also get the bonus.

How much is the Christmas Bonus?

In 2020, the Christmas Bonus will be 100% 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 is also 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 get the Christmas Bonus for both payments.

Page edited: 15 October 2020