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 . It will be paid out in the first week of December 2019 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 payment is made in advance because of bank and post office closures.)


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 Dates : –

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 (including the Living Alone Increase, the Island Allowance and the Over-80 Increase). 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 .


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.


For a 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
  • 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
  • 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 (long term 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 also get the bonus.
  • Survivors of Thalidomide who get payments from the Department of Health will also get the Christmas Bonus in 2019.

Payment of the Christmas Bonus will be made to certain participants of

  • Community Employment
  • Back to Education,
  • Rural Social Scheme,
  • Gateway
  • Tus
  • Back to Work Family Dividend

It will  also be sent to most participants on Further Education and Training courses funded by SOLAS.  (claimants must have been getting jobseeker’s payment and/or the  training allowance 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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7 thoughts on “Christmas Bonus 2019 for Pensioners and Welfare Claimants

  1. 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

  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. 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.

  4. Why is the carers only getting 85% and not 100%, like everyone else. There we go again the forgotten people of Ireland, we are behind the scenes, the ones that no one gives a feck about. We dont work 9 to 5, we work from 7 or 6am to what ever time our family member we care for goes to bed and even then your not finished. Why is the government over looking us. We all worked 9 to 5 jobs all our lives, paid our taxes like everyone else, then a family member gets sick and in my case both parents and I had to give my good job up which I loved. I live in Louth and I travelled to Dublin everyday for 28 years. Now I’m not even earning enough to cover Bill’s because my money goes straight back into my home. I have no social life, I have become the parent and my parents have become like my children, they depend on me for everything. We carers need more financial help and more support. Not cut backs.

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