Christmas Bonus 2019 for Pensioners and Welfare Claimants

Budget 2020 confirmed that a Christmas Bonus of 100% will be paid again in 2019. The Christmas Bonus will be paid out to all eligible people, along with their normal weekly payments, between December 2nd 2019 and December 6th 2019.

The Christmas Bonus will be paid out to about 1.3 million people. (About 900,000 recipients and an estimated 400,000 dependents).

In 2017 the Christmas bonus was 85% of the normal weekly rate but in 2018 it was put back up to 100%. The cost of a paying this 100% Bonus is estimated at €265 million .

2019 Christmas Bonus Payment Date : –

The Christmas bonus will be paid out along with normal weekly payments, between December 2nd 2019 and December 6th 2019.

The Christmas Bonus will be 100% of the normal weekly pension or benefit payment ). So – all recipients will get double their normal weekly payment. The minimum Christmas Bonus payment is €20 .

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

(Note: The Christmas Bonus should not be confused with the annual  “double week” of welfare and pension payments made just before Christmas. This is when one week’s payment is made in advance because of bank and post office closures.) More about the Double Payment Week 2019 Here

UK Christmas Bonus
The Christmas Bonus in the UK is just £10 and it is paid only to pensioners and people getting disability or illness related benefits.

List of all Pensions and Benefits that are eligible for the 2019 Christmas Bonus – see below :

  • 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 Family Dividend
  • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Blind Pension
  • Carer’s Allowance and Benefit
  • Community Employment
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance and Benefit
  • Daily Expenses Allowance (long term 15 months +)
  • Disability Allowance
  • Disablement Pension
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance (bonus based on the weekly amount )
  • Farm Assist
  • Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory)
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Job Initiative
  • 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
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • State Pension (Contributory), (Non-Contributory) and (Transition)
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance (long term only – over 455 days or 15 months)
  • Tus
  • 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)

Payment of a Christmas Bonus is not made on the Fuel Allowance or Rent Allowance.

The Christmas bonus will not be paid to anyone who is not getting one of the payments listed above.
FIS  / Working Family Payment is not eligible, nor is Illness Benefit or Maternity Benefit .
Please do not ask us why – we don’t set the rules.

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40 thoughts on “Christmas Bonus 2019 for Pensioners and Welfare Claimants

  1. I think it’s wrong I’m a single man living alone and could really do with the help of the Christmas bonus as I have been receiving job seekers payment for over 6 months.

    • Do people who have come off a community employment scheme get the Christmas bonus and a person who has just started a back to education course thank you

  2. This is funny I’m on maternity benefit of 245 euro a week, my work does not top up my money every week either, and yet Im now getting deducted 25 euro a week from my maternity benefit as apparently I was overpaid by 128 euro when I was receiving jobseekers benefit when I was made redundant, this overpayment was paid to me when I started my new job and had to work a week in hand, how exactly was I suppose to pay rent and buy food that week without that 128 euro can I ask?, and now I won’t receive any Xmas bonus because stupid me went and found another job to work. Glad I started work at the age of 15 and payed all that prsi to be treated like crap!

  3. Is it fair that widowed pensioners regardless of income and with no dependents receive nearly 600 euro more in tax credits than a single pensioner with no dependents? Just wondering what you think

  4. So why does illness benefit not get this bonus…..due to ongoing medical reasons I have no option but yet again the government doesn’t recognise it!!!! Makes no sense but yet again does anything in the system….

    • I’m starting on Tús in the next w are so, I was on job seekers before that, would I be eligible to the payment?

      • Yes I started tús last October and got the bonus with them. What my question is will I get it this December as am bk on job seekers since I finished with tús this October.. And it says you have to be on it 15 months

      • Tus are paying the bonus on 5th December (Thurs). If you start before then you will get it. I started this time last year with them and I got it. My problem now is I’m finished with them this Friday 29th and they have told me they will only give me 3 fifths of the bonus, the SW should give me the rest they said.

    • Deirdre I’m in the exact same position as yourself I’m going on 5 months on sick leave true no fault of my own with a life long condition God knows I’d rather be working but I’ve got no choice I’m not aloud right now but still were not gonna be allowed to get it

  5. I was made redundant from my job late summer 2019 and I get Jobseekers Benefit.So because I have only been out of work for a few months I don’t get a Christmas bonus?!So by working and paying your taxes etc you don’t deserve a bonus payment for Christmas but if you are out of work long term you get rewarded?Sums up this country..

  6. My partner gets wfp and I claim jobseekers.. Am I entitled to bonus on my jobseekers or does his wfp stop me from being eligible?

    • The jobseekers bonus should still be paid (if you have been on it for at least 15 months)

  7. I’m on maternity leave and get one family parent payment and half rate maternity benefit I’m on one family parent payment the last minute month will I get the Christmas bonus

  8. Absolutely unfair. All unmarried people (widowed or single) should be treated equally.

    There is also a carer’s tax credit….only available to married carers .how many single brothers, sisters,sons, daughters look after dependent relatives?

    Make noise with your political representatives to raise awareness of these anomalies…and with lobby groups…and write articles in the national and local

  9. Hi Roberta here could someone answer the question I ask am I right is people with a disability getting the 5 euro increased of the living alone allowance or is it just the pension please and thanks 😊

    • Yes – People with disabilities and pensioners who are living alone will receive an increase of €5 per week on their Living Alone Allowance payment. This increase will take effect from the week beginning 6 January, 2020

  10. Would I get Christmas bonus if I was on back to work allowance for last 2 years but as it didn’t work out I’m on jobseekers allowance from the date my bk to work finished? Would they count them both together?

  11. I added up my days from the day I was awarded the claim 382 days I miss out by 8 days how unfair 🙁

  12. Do recipients of the Irish non contributory pension living in the UK get this Christmas bonus?

  13. So unfair a single parent of school going children on a part time low income job claiming fis/wfp cannot get a Christmas bonus or fuel allowance

  14. I’m on CE Scheme – Just checked my pay slip for this week dated 5/12/19 and the xmas bonus is not in pay. Wonder is it next week its applied to CE Scheme’s participants?

  15. What about jobseekers benefits who is in a part time job? I am getting my payment every week, but what about the Christmas bonus? Just wondering.

  16. Hi. I was on supplementary welfare allowance for a year and am now on Jobseekers allowance for last 6 months. I didnt receive xmas bonus today and I want to know why if anyone knows why? I know you have to be on a payment for 15 months or more but it also says the time period can be combined if transferring from one payment to another. Can anyone clarify this, thanks you.

    • I meant to say it was our accountant that did the slip of the prsi so would continue to pay contributions thanks again. Any advice would be very much appreciated

  17. Hi, myself and husband were last paid our monthly pensions on 22nd november.
    Will our next payment due 20th December include ou Christmas bonus.?

  18. Hi I was wondering if someone can help me. I applied for invalidity pension and got turned down as the officer said I didn’t meet the requirements of being permanently not being able to work. I was involved in a car crash in 2014and have since developed chronic conditions which the officer admitted I suffered from. However in 2015 my illness benefit stopped my husband is self employed so our accountant split our prsi contributions 50/50 so I was making prsi contributions and not missing out on stamps. However the officer sees this as me working. But I haven’t as I am unable due to my conditions. Could someone please help me on how to appeal this thanks you

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