Christmas Bonus 2019 for Pensioners and Welfare Claimants

Budget 2020 on October 8th confirmed that a Christmas Bonus of 100% will be paid again this year. The Christmas bonus will be paid out to eligible people, along with their normal weekly payments, between December 2nd 2019 and December 6th 2019.


Payment of the annual Christmas Bonus will be made 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 to eligible people, along with their 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 Christmas Bonus does not include Fuel Allowance or Rent Allowance.

The minimum Christmas Bonus payment is €20 .


(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
  • Gateway
  • Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and (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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12 thoughts on “Christmas Bonus 2019 for Pensioners and Welfare Claimants

  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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..

  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?

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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