Christmas Bonus 2017

As announced in Budget 2018 – A 2017 Christmas Bonus will be paid out again this year to most eligible welfare and pension recipients . The bonus of 85% will be paid  along with normal weekly payments  during the week beginning November 27th 2017.

People doing part time work and getting Jobseekers Allowance will usually get  any bonus in the week commencing 4th Dec.

Anyone getting monthly payments will get any bonus due in their December payment.

The 85%  2017 Christmas Bonus for Social Welfare and Pensions was confirmed in  Budget 2018 on October 10th 2017 .  The bonus is set at the same level as 2016 .

(Note:There will also be a “double week” of welfare and pension payments for many people just before Christmas . We will have more details about that soon .)

About 1.3 million people  will benefit from the Christmas Bonus  (almost 890,000 recipients and an estimated 400,000 dependents) . Around €219 million will be paid out . It will be useful for all the extra expenses at Christmas time. (In the UK the Christmas Bonus is just £10)

See the long list at the end of the article for all the benefits that are eligible for the Christmas Bonus 2017

Some Sample Figures for the Christmas Bonus 2017 (based on 85%)

Single Pensioner (Contributory)  – Weekly Pension =  €238.30  . Bonus of €202.60
Pensioner Couple – Weekly payment = €451.80. Bonus will be  €384
Jobseekers  Single Person – Weekly payment = €193.  Bonus will be €164 .
Jobseekers – Couple + 2 children. Weekly payment =  €380.70. Bonus will be €323.60

You will get 85% of your normal weekly payment. If you are not on the  full rate for any reason –  you will only get 85% of the rate you are paid.

The minimum Christmas Bonus payment is €20

The following payment types are eligible for the Christmas Bonus in Ireland.

Back to Education Allowance (people coming from Jobseeker’s payments must have been on their payment and/or BTEA for 15 months)
Back to Work Allowance
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
Blind Pension
Carer’s Allowance and Benefit
Community Employment
Deserted Wife’s Allowance and Benefit
Disability Allowance
Disablement Pension and Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
Domiciliary Care Allowance (85% of the weekly amount – more details below)
Farm Assist
Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
Invalidity Pension
Job Initiative
JobBridge (people coming from jobseeker’s payments must have been on their payment and/or JobBridge for 15 months)
Jobseeker’s Allowance (long-term only – over 390 days or 15 months unemployed on JB/JA)
Jobseeker’s Allowance (Transition)
Magdalen Laundry Payments
One-Parent Family Payment
Partial Capacity Benefit
Pre-Retirement Allowance
Rural Social Scheme
State Pension (Contributory), (Non-Contributory) and (Transition)
Supplementary Welfare Allowance (only – over 391 days or 15 months)
Widow, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
VTOS (people coming from jobseeker’s payments must have been on their payment and/or VTOS for 15 months)

People getting Blind Welfare Allowance, Mobility Allowance, and rehabilitative training allowances from the HSE  will get the bonus.
Survivors of Thalidomide who get payments from the Department of Health will also get the Christmas Bonus in 2017.

The Christmas Bonus is also being paid to certain participants of Community Employment, Back to Education, Rural Social Scheme, Gateway, Tus and the Back to Work Family Dividend

It is also paid to most participants on Further Education and Training courses funded by SOLAS.  (you must have been getting your jobseeker’s payment and/or your training allowance for 15 months)

If you are not getting one of the payments listed – then you won’t get the Christmas bonus. FIS is not eligible, nor is Illness Benefit or Maternity Benefit .  Please do not ask us why – we don’t set the rules.

The Christmas Bonus calculation does not include  Fuel Allowance or Rent Allowance.

6 thoughts on “Christmas Bonus 2017

  1. I’m on jobseekers benefit since 22nd of dec 2016 having retired from work. I get my pension starting 24th nov 2017.Am I entitled to a christmas bonus this christmas.

    • There is a cut off date for determining eligibility for the bonus – and you might not be classed as a pensioner on the cut off date -which will probablybe mid November. You might also miss out because you will not have been on Jobseekers long enough. Next year !

  2. Juliet Cristina Horvat. Hi! I’m on jobskeers I can know if I get the Christmas bonus because I did not get past years. Thank you !

  3. I was in college last year with btea and didnt receive christmas bonus. But now i am in my 2nd year of college on btea. Will i receive christmas bonus this year?

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