Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2017

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

  1. 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.

9 thoughts on “Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2017

  1. Wen do we revive our bonous and single dole is it in November or wen I’m on disability allowance and wondering about our double dole cuz I get paid in bank ??

    • yea you get ur bonus on 29th nov and ur duble wk on the 20th dec and ur next payment is the 3rd of janurary

      • Glad to see someone is reading the article. I don’t understand how so many people don’t bother !

  2. I’m on casual job seekers and hand in a weekly time sheet every week and am paid on the following Tuesday. Should I hand in 2 weeks of time sheets together on the week commencing December 18th to be paid the (double week) on December 22nd?

  3. If the week starting from 18th is double payment week for that week and 25th, is possible to collect it say when the post office re opens on the 28th, the double pay instead of the 18th.

  4. I’m on opfp I filled out form to say I will not be here from 15th December until 27th. How do my payments work please? Will I lose those payments including double week and bonus? This is my first year on social welfare

    • Youre money will not be in the post office untill the following will have to tell them when you are back. I went away one year filled out the form no money in the post office. This year I went away I did not tell them my money was there.. I would advise you to go back and tell them that you’re plan has changed .. Youre money is there for two weeks after 2 wks it stops.

  5. I went on job seekers allowance last November and this year I went to college and I’m now on vtos does anyone know if I will get a bonus next week or any double payment Christmas’s week, your help would be much appreciated thanks

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