Christmas Bonus

Introduction

The Christmas Bonus is an extra payment for people getting a long-term social welfare payment.

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

It will also be paid to people getting the COVID-Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) for at least 17 weeks. For more information see Christmas Bonus 202O and PUP below.

The bonus will be paid with your social welfare payment the week beginning 7 December 2020.

If you are getting Domiciliary Care Allowance, the bonus will be paid with your monthly payment on 15 December 2020.

Can I get a Christmas Bonus?

In 2020, people getting the following payments will get a Christmas Bonus:

  • Back to Education Allowance (people coming from jobseeker's payments need to be on their payment and/or BTEA for at least 104 days)
  • 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/over 455 days)
  • 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
  • Further Education and Training (FET) Allowance (from a jobseeker's payment - you need to be on your payment and/or FET Allowance for at least 104 days)
  • Gateway
  • Guardian's Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Job Initiative
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (for at least 104 days)
  • Jobseeker's Benefit (for at least 104 days)
  • 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 at least 104 days)
  • 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.

Christmas Bonus 2020 and PUP

If you are getting the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) or Short time Work Support, you will qualify for a Christmas bonus, if:

  • You are getting the payment for at least one day between 27 November 2020 and 3 December 2020

And

  • You have been getting the payment for 17 weeks (weeks do not have to be consecutive). This means you may still qualify for the Christmas Bonus if you have had a break in your payment because, for example, you temporarily returned to work.

Christmas Bonus and jobseeker’s payments

If you getting Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit, you will qualify for a Christmas Bonus, if:

  • You have been getting your jobseeker’s payment (or a combination of qualifying payments) for at least 104 days

And

  • You are getting Jobseeker’s Allowance for at least one day between 2 December 2020 and 8 December 2020 or you are getting Jobseeker’s Benefit for at least one day between 3 December 2020 and 9 December 2020.

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: 8 December 2020