Fortnightly Welfare and Pension payments Instead of Weekly

The Dept. of Employment and Social Protection have changed all weekly payments of social welfare payments to fortnightly.
So if you get a double payment don’t think it’s some sort of bonus because you wont get another payment for 2 weeks.

The main reason for the change was to reduce visits to Post Offices and reduce infection risks.
These changes to payments will affect both those people who collect their payments at post offices and who are paid into a bank account.

The first “double” payment giving two weeks of entitlement will be made to State Pensioners and some social welfare schemes in the week beginning 23rd March. The rest will goo to fortnightly in the week beginning 30th March . Payments will then continue fortnightly (temporarily). This is not a bonus payment.

As far as we are aware the new temporary COVID-19 Unemployment Payment will be still paid weekly every Tuesday.

People receiving the following payments will get their first fortnightly payment during the week beginning 23 March 2020:

  • Adoptive Benefit
  • Back to Education Allowance (not all)
  • Back to Work Allowance
  • Back To Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Blind Pension
  • Carers Allowance
  • Carer’s Benefit
  • Death Benefit
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit
  • Disability Allowance
  • Disablement Benefit
  • Employment Support Scheme
  • Guardians Payment (Contributory)
  • Guardians Payment (Non-Contributory)
  • Health and Safety Benefit
  • Illness Benefit
  • Incapacity Supplement
  • Increase for Living on an Island
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Magdalen Commission Scheme
  • Maternity Benefit
  • Medical Care
  • Occupational Injury Benefit
  • Parent’s Benefit
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • Paternity Benefit
  • State Pension Contributory
  • State Pension Non-Contributory
  • Wage Subsidy Scheme
  • Widow(er)s Pension Contributory
  • Widowed Parent Grant
  • Widowed Parent Grant Con
  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (Non Contributory)
  • Youth Employment Support Scheme

People receiving the following payments will get a normal payment in the week starting 23rd March and then will be paid for 2 weeks during the week beginning 30 March 2020:

  • Back to Education Allowance (not all)
  • Back to Work Allowance
  • Back to Work Family Dividend
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Creche Supplement
  • Diet Supplement
  • Daily Expenses Allowance
  • Farm Assist
  • Heat Supplement
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit for the Self Employed
  • One Parent Family Payment
  • Part-time Job Incentive
  • Rent Supplement
  • Short Term Enterprise Allowance
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Travel Supplement
  • Working Family Payment


You can avoid having to collect payments at Post Offices altogether by requesting they be paid into your bank account. You just have to fill in this form and return it – but there will probably be a delay because of all the changes going on at the moment.

More alternatives to Post Office collection

24 thoughts on “Fortnightly Welfare and Pension payments Instead of Weekly

  1. Well done on being proactive. I think it’s a great idea. I wouldn’t mind having it all the time.

  2. Hi.
    The child benefits fall on the week of the 7th of April. I’m on one parent family payment and I was seeing that we meant to get double payment of the week 2nd and 9th April… Correct.. So what about the child benefits on the 7th? I get my pay through the post office, is that payment moved or what? Will the post office be open the 7th to collect Child benefits

  3. Wait til there’s an emergency budget and they slash the welfare payments, ya won’t be so happy then. Trust me it’s coming. Teachers are already being informed their salary will be cut, then welfare will be next. I’d rather just keep weekly payments tbh.

    • It appears it applies to all weekly paid recipients . See what you get in the week beginning March 30th.

    • Jobseekers will be Double in the week starting 30th march. Single week of 23rd Disability will be double in week of 23rd . There are No changes to the days of payment.

      • It will be paid on the same day of the week that you usually get it. It will be a double payment this week

  4. Anyone that gets careers and one parents
    Double careers next week
    Following week double one parent
    We will be still collecting every week !!

  5. thank you for this Speedy information, it was very unclear elsewhere whether those paid into a bank were included. This is a very sensible move. The next brilliant idea would ideally be the possibility of advancing a crisis topup sum, say €100, right now, against later payments such as the Xmas Bonus, in order to build up a small emergency groceries stash, which (I’m finding) just isn’t possible otherwise. But fair play, they are being admirably proactive in all this, I’m very grateful.

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