Welfare Payment Arrangements for Easter 2019

Over the Easter holidays 2019 there will be some changes to welfare benefit and state pension payment arrangements. Welfare offices will be closed on Good Friday 19th April 2019 and Easter Monday 22nd April. Offices will reopen on Tuesday 23rd April. Post Offices will be closed on Good Friday 19th April 2019  and Easter Monday […]
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Social Welfare Increases in Budget 2019

Welfare and Pension Increases in Budget 2019 Social Welfare Benefits : All weekly rates of working age benefits are also due to increase by €5 a week in the week beginning  25th March 2019 . Jobseekeers Allowance was increased on 20th March and Jobseekers Benefit on 21st March. Increases will apply to : –  Jobseekers, […]
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Christmas 2018 Social Welfare and Pensions Payment Arrangements

Welfare and Pensions Payment Arrangements  for Christmas 2018 – including Child Benefit.  All of the Department of Social Protection’s offices will be closed on Tuesday 25th December, Wednesday 26th December 2018 and Tuesday 1st January 2019. All the Banks in Ireland will close on Monday 24th December 2018 and will not re-open until  Friday 28th […]
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Christmas Bonus Payment 2018 : Pensions and Welfare

As confirmed in Budget 2019  – A Christmas Bonus of 100% will be paid in the first week of December 2018 to pensioners and long term welfare recipients. (Note: The Christmas bonus should not be confused with the annual  “double week” of welfare and pension payments made just before Christmas. This is where one week’s […]
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Social Welfare and Pension Increases March 2018

Welfare and Pension Increases in Budget 2018 State Pensions will be increased by €5 a week in the week beginning 26th March 2018. There will be proportional increases for dependant adults and those on reduced rates. ( This is estimated to cost €116 million in 2018 ). The top rate of  contributory state pension (over […]
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Grants for Home Repairs for Pensioners

Financial assistance of up to €8000 Euro is available via local authorities under a scheme called “Housing Aid for Older People” . The Grants for Home Repairs for Pensioners are for people aged 66 years or older, who are living in poor housing conditions. (In cases of genuine hardship a local authority may also assist […]
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