Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2017
(Double Payment Week)
(These dates have not yet been confirmed by Dept of Social Protection but we are fairly certain about teh dates based on previous years )
Note– If you are looking for information about the 2017 Christmas Bonus for Pensioners and Welfare recipients see here 2017 Christmas Bonus
The Department of Social Protection’s offices will be closed on Monday 25th December, Tuesday 26th December 2017 and Monday 1st January 2018
Banks will close on Friday 22nd December and will not reopen until Thursday 28th December.
Post Offices will close at 1pm on Dec 23rd and will not reopen until Thursday 28th December.
There will be no mail delivery or collection on December 25th ,26th or 27th
Post Offices and Banks will also be closed on 1st January 2017
Double Payment Week : Week beginning 18th December
- Payments for People who are paid weekly and collect their payments at Post Offices.
All people who are paid weekly and collect their payments at Post Offices will receive their normal payment plus an advance/double payment (for the following week.) This double payment will be made in the week beginning Monday 18th December 2017 along with your usual payment for that week.
So – any payments due between 25th and 31st December will be made in the previous week along with your normal payment for that week.
There will be no “regular” weekly payments during the week beginning Monday 25th December 2017 .
Any payments due for Monday 1st January 2018 may be collected from Friday 29th December 2017.
2 . Payments for People who get Weekly Payments Direct to Bank Accounts.
Most customers (except casual Jobseekers) paid weekly direct to bank accounts will also receive their normal payment(s) and an advance payment during the week beginning Monday 18th December, 2017.
The advance (double) payment will be the payment(s) due in the week beginning Monday 25th December 2017. The following exceptions apply…
- Payments for Maternity Benefit and Health & Safety Benefit due Monday 26th December 2017 will be paid on the Friday 22nd December 2017.
- Payments due on Monday 1st January 2018 for Jobseekers Allowance, Jobseekers Benefit, Illness Benefit, Maternity, Health and Safety Benefit and Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance will be paid on Friday 29th December 2017.
Normal weekly payment dates will resume from Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
3 . Casual Jobseekers : People who work part time and claim Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance :
Payments due on Tuesday 19 December 2017 will be paid as normal
Payments due on Tuesday 26 December 2017 and Tuesday 2nd January 2018 will both be credited to accounts on Friday 22nd December 2017
4. People who get Monthly Payments
Monthly payments will issue as normal with the exception of Social Welfare Supplements . All Supplement payments which are due to be paid on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th 2017 – will all be paid instead on Friday 22nd December 2017.
5. Foreign payments due during the week beginning 18th December 2017 will be paid during the week beginning 11th December 2017.