Fortnightly Welfare and Pension payments Instead of Weekly

The Dept. of Employment and Social Protection changed all weekly payments of social welfare payments to fortnightly in March 2020 .

The main reason for the change was to reduce visits to Post Offices and reduce infection risks.
But these changes to fortnightly payments also affected payments to post offices and payments into bank accounts.

The first “double” payment giving two weeks of entitlement was made to State Pensioners and some social welfare schemes in the week beginning 23rd March. The remaining welfare payments had their first fortnightly payment in the week beginning 30th March .

Payments will then continue fortnightly (until further notice).

The new temporary COVID-19 Unemployment Payment will be still paid weekly every Tuesday.


Some Payments Revert To Weekly

On May 18th – the following payments went back to being paid weekly.
These payments are all paid directly into bank accounts. Post Office collection is not an option -so they should probably never have been changed to fortnightly.

  • Maternity Benefit
  • Paternity Benefit
  • Adoptive Benefit
  • Parent’s Benefit
  • Health and Safety Benefits

People receiving the following payments got 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 got 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

There will also be some changes to payment dates because of Easter Holidays. See details of Welfare Payments at Easter 2020 Here


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

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

  1. 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.

    • Anyone paid double on march 30th is due for payment again on April 13th when the post office is closed.. Also closed on the Friday prior.. Any idea when they will be paying for the 13th

      • I noticed with delight that we were paid early last Easter. It was in my account on the Saturday; hadn’t expected it.

    • YES – as it states in the article. I applies to all weekly payments.

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

    • 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

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

    • Hi….for how long is this double payment?? Is it only 1 payment this week on 30th or will we get paid double again in 2 weeks…??

      • Did you read the article – It says that fortnightly payments will continue until further notice.

  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.

  4. 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

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

  6. Hi.

    I just wanted to get some information please. I am self employed and had to close my business due to covid19. I am getting social welfare temporarily as a new start up business. I applied for the covid19 emergency scheme last thursday, 26th March.

    I Normally collect my benefit on Mondays, which includes fuel allowance and supplementary benefit. Could you let me know please do I collect in the post office tomorrow or do I wait for the covid19 payment to lodge to my account and will this include the two other benefits I mentioned.

    Thank you in advance

  7. Hi please when is double payment for jobbsekers allowance ?in the 13april post office close ?thank you for aswer me

  8. Got a double week on the 30th of March, when is the next payment due please as everything is closed on on good Friday and Monday the 13th.

  9. Hi, already on a disability pension. Pretty sure I get no other benefit which will not allow be to survive…
    Sorry question is can you pls confirm whether anything else is eligible to make sure I haven’t missed it

  10. I had understood that Fuel Allowance was being extended but having checked my bank account i see that although I received double week of welfare payment I only received 1week of fuel allowance. Is this correct?

    • There are others saying the same about fuel allowance. It looks like there has been an error at welfare or they forgot to update the system .
      We will try and find out what is happening

      • Someone rang welfare abou this and were told all recipients of the fuel allowance will receive 3 wks back pay in April and a single payment in may.

      • Someone rang welfare about this and were told all recipients of the fuel allowance will receive 3 wks back pay in April and a single payment in may.

  11. Hi ive just checked my bank account and noticed i got paid today instead of tomorrow i got my double invalidity allowence but only i week fuel allowence i was on the understanding that it was to be extended to 8th may.?

    • Someone rang welfare about this and were told all recipients of the fuel allowance will receive 3 wks back pay in April and a single weeks payment in may.

  12. only one week fuel allowance paid this week with fortnightly payment. am on disability allowance. any info appreciated

    • Seems to be a common problem. We are investigating why. At least the weather is warm. 🙂

  13. Hi,it seems i got double job seekers benefit on 02/04/2020(pay period 26/03/20 to 08/04/20).Is the payment paid in retropect or in advance?In other words when are i due to collect it again.Am i due today,from p08/04/20 and should i be able to collect today from post office,
    Thanks

    • Fortnightly – so two weeks after 2/4 = 16/4 . That’s the plan anyway if they stick to it.

    • 1st may isn’t a tuesday.
      Paymments are every two weeks now . Your next one should be during week beginning 20th April

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