Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2017

Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2017
(Double Payment Week)

(Note: These dates have been confirmed by Dept of  Employment Affairs and Social Protection)

If you are looking for information about the 2017 Christmas Bonus for Pensioners and Welfare recipients  see here :  2017 Christmas Bonus


The Department of Social Protection’s offices will be closed on Monday 25th December, Tuesday 26th December  2017 and Monday 1st  January 2018

Banks will close  on Friday 22nd December 2017 and will not reopen until  Thursday 28th December.
Post Offices will close at 1pm on Dec 23rd and will not reopen until Thursday 28th December.
Post Offices and Banks will also be closed on 1st  January 2017
There will be no mail delivery or collection on December 25th ,26th or 27th 2017

 


  • Payment Arrangements for December 2017

  • 1. Payments  for People who are paid weekly and collect their payments at Post Offices.
    • All people who are paid weekly and collect their payments at Post Offices will receive their normal payment plus an advance/double  payment for the following week.
    • This double payment will be made in the week beginning Monday 18th December 2017 along with your usual payment for that week on your usual payment day.
    • There will be no “regular” weekly payments during the week beginning Monday 25th December 2017 .Any payments due for Monday 1st January 2018 may be collected from Friday 29th December 2017.

  • 2. Social Welfare Allowance Supplements Paid Monthly for Collection at Post Office

    • Payment due 25th Dec  will be available 22nd Dec
    • Payments due 26th Dec will be available 22nd Dec
    • Payments due 27th Dec will be available 22nd Dec
    • No changes to any other payment dates
  • Payments of SWA Supplements paid Calendar Monthly for Friday 22nd and Thursday 28th December should be collected from the post office before close of business on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.Payments of SWA Supplements paid Calendar Monthly for Friday 29th December should be collected from the post office before close of business on Tuesday 9th January 2018.

  • 3 . Payments for People who get Weekly Payments Direct to Bank Accounts.
  • Most people ( see below for exceptions) who get paid weekly direct to bank accounts will  receive their normal payment and an advance payment during the week beginning Monday 18th December, 2017. (A double payment )
  •  The advance (double) payment will be the payment(s) due for the week beginning Monday 25th December 2017.
    The following exceptions apply...
  • Maternity Benefit , Paternity Benefit and Health & Safety Benefit
    • Payments due Monday 25th December 2017 will be paid on the Friday 22nd December 2017.
    •  Payments due on Monday 1st January 2018 will be paid on Fri 29th Dec 2017
    • for Jobseekers Allowance, Jobseekers Benefit, Illness Benefit, Maternity, Health and Safety Benefit and Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance will be paid on Friday  29th December 2017.
    •  Normal weekly payment dates will resume from Tuesday 8th Jan  2018.
  •  Casual Jobseekers :  People who work part time and claim Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance :
    •  Payments due on Tuesday 19 December 2017 will be paid on Mon 18th December .
    • Payments due on Tuesday 26 December 2017 and Tuesday 2nd January 2018 will both be credited to accounts on Friday 22nd December 2017

4. People who get Monthly Payments into Banks :
Monthly payments will be  issued as normal  …. with the exception of Social Welfare Supplements .
Any Supplement payments which are due to be paid on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th  2017  and Wednesday 27th December –  will all be paid instead on Friday 22nd December 2017.


5. Foreign payments into banks that are due during the week beginning 18th December 2017 will be paid instead during the week beginning 11th December 2017.

6. Child Benefit will be paid Tue Jan 2nd – as normal.

 

Banks Christmas Opening Hours 2017

Banks Christmas Opening Hours 2017 in Ireland

Most of us make visits to bank branches less often these days ,  with online banking and ATMs there is much less need to go into a bank . There are also less of them around than there were a few years ago.
But –  for those of you who might need to get to a bank or a Post Office in Ireland around Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 – here are the details of their opening and closing  days.

Banks will open and close as normal on Friday 22nd December 2017 and will not reopen until Thursday 28th December.

Post Offices will close at 1pm on Dec 23rd and will not reopen until Thursday 28th December.
(UK/NI Banks will be open on Dec 27th.)

Post Offices and Banks in Ireland  will also be closed on 2nd January 2017

If your bank branch normally opens on a Saturday – they may also be open on the morning of Saturday 23rd December 2016.

There will be no post delivery by An Post  from 25th to 27th December inclusive. No delivery on Jan 1st 2018 either.

Information about Welfare and State Pension Payments at Christmas 2017 here

 

Irish Water Refund

Refunds of  Irish Water Charges

It was announced in early September 2017 that most householders could expect a Water Charge refund from Irish Water before Christmas 2017.  Irish Water Refund cheques only started going out on November 20th because of delays in passing the legislation – so whoever made that statement might have been wrong.

All Irish Water account holders (not businesses) should expect to be automatically sent a full refund by a cheque. There is no need to apply for a refund.
If you received the Water Conservation Grant – that will not affect the refund , you will still get a full repayment of all the money you paid to Irish Water.

Note: The cheques will be crossed – which means they can only be paid into an account of the person named on the cheque.  (Bank/Post Office/ Credit Union) They cannot just be cashed by shops, banks or post offices etc.

Irish Water have said that if there are customers who do not have a Bank account, Post Office Account, or Credit Union account, they should contact Irish Water  and the cheque could be re- issued to a person nominated by the account holder. (Who has a bank account)   (Call 01 707 2824 or  1850 448 448)

There will be almost one million payments to be refunded – and this is expected to take “a number of months“.  A cheque, attached to a letter , will be sent to the Irish Water account holder at their registered address with Irish Water.

If you paid water charges to a landlord – than you will have to take the matter of a refund up with them. Only the account holder can get the refund.

Around 1 million customers will be refunded all the water charges they have paid – which will be a total of around €173m .


Change of Address

Important : You will need to update your correspondence address with Irish Water if you have changed address since you last paid them  – so that the cheque will be sent to the correct address .
You can do this online if you have an IrishWater account (here) . It might be too late if the cheque has gone out already.

Irish Water say that you can also contact them by phone on 01 707 2824 or  1850 448 448 (9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.)

Be aware that calling that 1850 number could cost you more than ringing the 01 number if you have landline calls included in your phone plan – :    See more about 1850 call costs

Some people have reported long waits on the phone.

water charge refunds

Irish Water have also said that the extra cost of refunding customers will be approximately €5m  – to cover the cost of letters, cheques, a public information campaign and additional staffing.

More here about Water Charges from 2018 Onwards

 

Christmas and New Years Holiday Pay

There is always some confusion about entitlement to holiday pay and/or  extra pay for part time workers on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day are public holidays in Ireland . Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are not.

  •  All workers are entitled to one of these :
    • A paid day off on the public holiday
    • An additional day of annual leave
    • An additional day’s pay
    • A paid day off within a month of the public holiday

Part-time workers must have worked for the employer for at least 40 hours in the previous five-week period to have a public holiday entitlement.

Full-time workers have immediate entitlement to benefit for public holidays regardless of how long they have worked for that employer.

If you work part-time and the public holiday falls on a day that you usually work – you are entitled to a day’s pay or a paid day off for the public holiday.
Part-time workers who are not rostered to work on a public holiday are still entitled to be paid or to paid time off for the public holiday.
Part-time workers get one-fifth of their normal pay for the week as compensation for the holiday. ( If your pay varies – then they should use an average of your day’s pay or the fifth of your weekly pay  over the last 13 weeks  before the public holiday.)

An Example :  A person works part-time from  Wednesday to Friday . This year Christmas Day falls on a Monday , St Stephens day on Tuesday and New Year’s Day  falls on the following  Monday.

In this case the person  should receive one-fifth of their  normal weekly pay for each of the three public holidays, Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day. So they  should get the additional pay or the equivalent amount of time off. Your employer can decide which option to give you.


Working on a Public Holiday : (Double Pay 😕 )

If you are required to work on a public holiday you are entitled to be paid at your usual rate and you are also entitled to either an additional day’s pay or an extra paid day off.

 

If an employee ceases to be employed during the week ending on the day before a public holiday, having worked during the 4 weeks preceding that week, he/she is entitled to receive pay for the public holiday.

The Organisation of Working Time Act provides that you may ask your employer at least 21 days before a public holiday, which of the alternatives will apply. If your employer fails to respond at least 14 days before the public holiday, you are entitled to take the actual public holiday as a paid day off.

Weekends

Where a public holiday falls on a weekend, you do not have any automatic legal entitlement to have the next working day off work. This year (2107/2018) , New Years Day will fall on a Monday –

Other Public Holidays in Ireland –

St. Patrick’s Day (17th March)
Easter Monday
The first Monday in May
The first Monday in June
The first Monday in August
The last Monday in October