Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2017

Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2017
(Double Payment Week)

(Note: These dates have been confirmed by Dept of  Employment Affairs and Social Protection)

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 2017 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.
Post Offices and Banks will also be closed on 1st  January 2017
There will be no mail delivery or collection on December 25th ,26th or 27th 2017


  • Payment Arrangements for December 2017

  • 1. Payments  for People who are paid weekly and collect their payments at Post Offices. Week commencing 18th Dec…

    • All people who are paid weekly and collect their payments at Post Offices or are paid by cheque – 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 on your usual payment day.
    • 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. Social Welfare Allowance Supplements Paid Monthly for Collection at Post Office

    • Payment due 25th Dec  will be available 22nd Dec
    • Payments due 26th Dec will be available 22nd Dec
    • Payments due 27th Dec will be available 22nd Dec
    • No changes to any other payment dates
  • Payments of SWA Supplements paid Calendar Monthly for Friday 22nd and Thursday 28th December should be collected from the post office before close of business on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.Payments of SWA Supplements paid Calendar Monthly for Friday 29th December should be collected from the post office before close of business on Tuesday 9th January 2018.

  • 3 . Payments for People who get Weekly Payments Direct to Bank Accounts.
  • Most people ( see below for exceptions) who get paid weekly direct to bank accounts will  receive their normal payment and an advance payment during the week beginning Monday 18th December, 2017. (A double payment )
  • No payments will be made in the week beginning Monday 25th December 2017.  The next payment will be in the week beginning Jan 1st 2018.
    The following exceptions apply...
  • Maternity Benefit , Paternity Benefit and Health & Safety Benefit
    • Payments due Monday 25th December 2017 will be paid on the Friday 22nd December 2017.
    •  Payments due on Monday 1st January 2018 will be paid on Fri 29th Dec 2017
    • 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 8th Jan  2018.
  •  Casual Jobseekers :  People who work part time and claim Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance :
    •  Payments due on Tuesday 19 December 2017 will be paid on Mon 18th December .
    • 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 into Banks :
Monthly payments will be  issued as normal  …. with the exception of Social Welfare Supplements .
Any Supplement payments which are due to be paid on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th  2017  and Wednesday 27th December –  will all be paid instead on Friday 22nd December 2017.

5. Foreign payments into banks that are due during the week beginning 18th December 2017 will be paid instead during the week beginning 11th December 2017.

6. Child Benefit will be paid Tue Jan 2nd – as normal.

71 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 !

    • my husband is on sickness benefit for over a year now before that he was on jobseekers we missed out on the bonus last year and again this year we didnt get it was wondering if there is anyone out there tell me why we are not entitled to it like all the rest of the social welfare reciepents thank you

      • I was similar I was on jobseeker but got diagnosed with breast cancer so was changed to spwa I am worse of this year and I was told u not entitled to bonus I’m loan parent I couldn’t believe it but I went to bishop square and met with the community welfare officer (lovely man) and he sorted for me u need to go to your welfare officer and do same I’m sure they can help good luck

      • If he was on jobseekers and sickness benefit for over 15 months combined he is entitled to the bonus, I had the same problem, Need to contact the social welfare officer to sort it 😉

      • I was the same. As with the fuel allowance last year had the same problem. I was out sick for a bad leg (could barely walk for five months and got that treated, but due to being self employed was put on Community Welfare Payment) then went back on Jobseekers for about two months then got diagnosed with a rare cancer in the abdomen (it’s the massive tumour that was causing the blood flow problems that banjaxed the leg). So had to go back on the sick as I was going to be out for at least a year with the cancer. Cancer clear and gone and then went on Back to Education, this was last year, but was told when seeking the fuel allowance that both payments could not be combined. I was on the community welfare payment 14 and a half months while out with cancer, I missed it by three weeks. Crazy. I am still studying and still cancer free

  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?

    • You have to send in 3 signers on week beginning the 12 Dec to get your payments for over Xmas .. you will get a payment on the 19th Dec and two on the 22 nd Dec but that will b you paid up until 9 th Jan 😊

  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. My collection day is Wednesday every week,just wondering if can collect my dole on Monday week before xmass not wednesday but 2 days earlier.Its possible?

    • I’m nearly sure you can mark.. I was able to collect my payment, two days before that date every year so I have no doubt it’ll be the same this year

    • My payment isn’t due until Wednesday every week I collect Monday so if say you won’t have any problem

  5. Will the post office be open on Tuesday the 2nd Jan 2018, so I can collect my child benefit payment?….(usually collected on the first Tuesday of every month)….or will I have to collect it on the 29th of Dec 2017,(like my social welfare payment)
    Thank you

  6. I’m ment to be getting my second payment for fuel allowance in January the 2nd which is a Monday will I receive this payment the 29th December as well as my payment for the 2nd January for job seekers.

  7. Do people on family dividend get a Christmas bonus and when if so.. And how does the payment for fis work over the Christmas do I get double payment and when I’f so.. I get payed through bank

  8. Do we have to sign on the 22nd? I’m due to sign on the 22nd of December but very unsure if I have to because of payments due that day? My adviser doesn’t even know himself.

  9. Hi. Do you know if children’s allowance will be in as normal on 2nd January or before that date. Tks.

  10. This will be a head scrather for you my we get a family payment my partner works part time and puts casual dockets in but we get paid to a credit union account and while every body gets a check on a Tuesday it doesn’t get to the credit union account til Thursday as they close on Wednesday so I’m worried if everyone gets a double payment on Friday the 22nd we might not get ours as it might not go in til the Saturday and the credit union doesn’t open.

    • Do the Credit Union not have debit cards or ATM’s – do they only pay out over the counter?
      If you need access to this money before they open after Christmas – then maybe you could ask them to let you draw on the money before it arrives ? (A very short term temporary loan) .

  11. Hi- I’ve only been on sw since the beginning of September- I have two kids and my husband is on a ce scheme. He got his Christmas payment today. From the article it seems I will not be entitled to Christmas payment – is this really the case? Can I appeal it?

  12. Hi I was on half rate carers for 3 years then went on jobseekers last October will I get Christmas bonus …. Thanks

  13. Anyone know why if your on illness benefit why your not allowed Christmas bonus is this another sleaze why of the government taking from people that have noting very unfair.

  14. I’m on illness benefit sign monthly…payments are usually Monday into the bank.. is this correct payment will be 22nd Dec & 29th Dec… No double week ?? Leona

  15. I have been on jobseekers long tern and because of my illness they stopped my jobseekers and putme on supplement welfare awaiting disability which has been denied I didn’t get my fuel allowance because of this however I’m been told that iif I was changed I should have got it can you advise

  16. I didn’t get bonus this year I’m on swa I have been since August 16 but went on maternity benefit for 6 months n straight back on the swa does this mean I’m not entitled to it? Thanks

  17. My rent allowance is due in my bank acc on thurs 28th..will this be as normal or will I get it the week before??

  18. Does anyone know if someone on long-term illness benefit is entitled to any extra payment at Christmas I don’t get the Christmas bonus.

  19. Will Fis be paid as normal every week (Thurs) or will a double week be paid ,I have looked thru the comments and haven’t seen a post about it ,my apologies if it has for asking again .

    • If FIS isn’t mentioned separately – then it will be the same as all other payments – if you get it weekly then it will be a double week in the week starting 18th Dec.

  20. Hi, I work casually and put in the X and O dockets every week for JB and receive a cheque in the post, usually on a Tuesday. Then it takes five days to clear. Any idea how that will work for me over Christmas? Would I get a double cheque on 19th for when I don’ t work and would I need to hand in two sets of dockets the week before? I’m very confused. No bonus for me neither as I’ve had some work 😀

    • t says in the article for Casual Jobseekers …
      “Payments due on Tuesday 19 December 2017 will be paid on Mon 18th December .
      Payments due on Tuesday 26 December 2017 and Tuesday 2nd January 2018 will both be credited to accounts on Friday 22nd December 2017”

    • It depends on what you are getting. Most people will get a double week on 22nd and nothing again till 5th Jan . There are some exceptions – read it again and see if they apply to you.

    • You should get it along with your normal social welfare or pension payment. If that is due on 1st Jan it should now be paid early on Dec 29th – as mentioned in the article. The fuel allowance lump sum should be paid with it (according to info provided by dept of social welfare).

  21. Domcillary allowance payments are they normal payment some people were saying we were getting a bonus back with it is this true

  22. Is it me or are people getting dumber?
    Do people read articles anymore or are they so lazy they just see the header and ask pointless questions that are already answered in article. I mean COME ON!

  23. Just out of curiosity, I’m currently on btea and have been since going back to college in September. Before this I was on jsa since November last year. Am I not eligible for the Christmas bonus?
    Also, does anyone know anything about the €500 allowance for supplies when returning to college?

  24. I’m
    On illness benefit and got money into my account today I’m
    Normally paid on Wednesday would I have got a double payment this week ? I’m due to be paid on next Wednesday the 20th and then 27th

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