Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2019


In the first week of December 2019 the Christmas Bonus was paid to pensioners and long term welfare claimants . In the week beginning 16th December – there was a double payment for all weekly paid recipients – as explained below.


All of the Department of Social Protection’s offices will be closed on Wednesday 25th December and Thursday 26th December 2019 and Wednesday 1st January 2020.

All the Banks in Ireland will be closed on Wednesday 25th December 2019 and will not re-open until  Monday 30th December 2019 .
(If your branch normally opens on a Saturday they may open on Dec 28th).
Banks will also be closed on 1st January 2020 . More here about Banks Christmas Opening

Post Offices will close at 1pm on Dec 24th and will not reopen until Monday 30th December 2019 . Post Offices will also be closed on 1st January 2020.

There will be no mail delivery or collection on December 25th ,26th or 27th 2018.


Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2019. (Double Week)

  • 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 or are paid by cheque – will get a double payment in the week commencing December 16th. This will be their normal weekly payment PLUS an advance/”double” payment for the following week.
    • There will be no “regular” weekly payments during the week beginning Monday 23rd December 2019 .
    • Payments due on 30th and 31st December will be paid as normal.
    • Any weekly payments due for collection on Wednesday 1st January 2020 will be available for collection on Tuesday 31st December 2019.

  • 2. Benefits Paid Monthly for Collection at Post Offices
    • Monthly Payments due for collection on 24th or 25th  December will be available on 20th December
    • Monthly Payments due for collection on 26th Dec will be available on 23rd Dec.
    • Payments due on 27th or 30th December will be paid on December 24th .
    • Monthly Payments due 1st Jan 2020 will be available on 31st Dec 2019
    • Child Benefit payments due for collection on Tuesday 7th will be unaffected.

  • 3 . Payments for People who get Weekly Payments Direct to Bank Accounts.
    • During the week commencing 16th Dec 2019  – all people who are paid weekly into bank accounts – will receive their normal payment plus an advance payment for the following week.  Payments will be made on the usual day.
    • There will be no normal weekly payments in the week commencing 23rd December 2019
    • Payments due on Monday 30 December 2019 will be paid on Tuesday 24th December 2019.
    • Payments due on Tuesday 31st December 2019 will be unchanged.
    • Payments due on Wednesday 1 January 2020 will be paid on Tuesday 31st December 2019
    • Normal payment arrangements will resume from Thursday 2nd January 2020.

4. People who get Monthly Payments into Banks :

  • Monthly  Payments due in accounts on 24th or 25th  December will be there on 20th December
  • Monthly Payments due in accounts on 26th Dec will be there on 23rd Dec.
  • Monthly Payments due in accounts on 27th or 30th Dec will be there on 24th Dec.
  • Monthly Payments due  in accounts on 1st Jan 2020 will be there on 31st Dec 2019
  • All other monthly payments unaffected

6. Casual Jobseekers

If you claim Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit on a casual basis, you will need to return your dockets for the signing weeks ending 17th /18th December, and 24/25 December to your local Intreo Centre or Branch Office on or before 11 December 2019.

Where dockets are provided by this date, two payments covering the signing weeks ending 17 and 24 December or 18 and 25 December will be paid into accounts on Friday, 20th December.

Normal payment arrangements for casual job seekers will resume from Tuesday, 7th January 2020


Fuel Allowance – .  If you have opted for 2 lump sums  – the second lump sum will be paid as usual in the second week of January 2020.

Children’s allowance / Child benefit will be paid as normal on the first Tuesday of January 2020 (the7th) .
See all 2020 Children’s Allowance Payment Dates Here

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68 thoughts on “Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2019

  1. I got double pay on the 16th of December and nothing since, I’m on illness benefit. I was trying to get some info online whether the double pay is a Christmas bonus or 2 weeks pay due to Christmas closure? I’m confused, I have to pay my rent in a week, rang the offi e twice waiting 32min and 25min Noone picked up😩

    • The double pay was not a bonus because illness benefit does not get paid a bonus.
      You should have got another payment by the 30th and another this week.

    • Same here, on illness benefit, got double on december 16th and nothing since. Im currently 2 weeks down

  2. I got ilness benefit double payment on the 14th December and now its 4th of January and I still haven’t received any payment since the 14th. It’s my only income at the moment and I have 2 small kids. Thankfully child benefit is next week so that will help sort out some stuff but 3 weeks with no money is super hard. They should really think about the situation they leave us in.

    • Weekly payments due at Post Offices on 30th and 31st December will be paid as normal

  3. Hi Roberta here I was told getting paid on the 24 of December insert of 31 of December it wasn’t there hopefully it will be there Tuesday evening what is going on with the social welfare payment they should give the correct dates for payment

  4. I was told that a cheque was sent out on the 18th and it’s still not with me and no post until Monday, hard times

  5. Am on I’llness benefit I only got my normal payment in to my account today Will there be my normal payment next week?Thanks

  6. Hi I’m on casual dockets and got paid double on the 10th, no payment on the 17th. So I’m due my regular payment today but should have been paid on Friday according to the schedule published, however as of yet no payment never mind any bonus.

  7. Hi I am due an illness payment into bank on 30th so thought that was being paid today but nothing in my bank?? Does anyone know when I should be paid

      • Hi Martin I rang them and they said my payment was scheduled for a 29th which is sunday..that makes no sense to me as it’s always a monday.The woman on phone said hopefully be in my account on 28th so fingers crossed for tomorrow

  8. I am on maternity benefit and am usually paid of a monday.. I received a single payment on friday the 20th. My next payment is due in my account the 30th of December. Iv read that payments due in accounts on December 30th will be paid on christmas eve as banks are closed.. does anyone know if this applies to me also

      • I didnt get my maternity payment and i only got a single week on friday does anyone no when its due

      • Kelly mine normally goes in to my account midnight on friday night i guess it will be the same this week since its not in my account by now u should try ur bank on friday midnight saturday morning

  9. I am on Illness Benefit and did not receive a double payment the week of the 16th. I should have received my usual payment today 23rd but there is no money in my account. Could they really skip paying me for a week or has anyone else on IB had the same issue?
    Thanks,
    Aileen.

    • Hi Aileen, did you get your payment after, I was due to be paid today for the 27th but no payment either.

    • Thanks Sarah. My maternity was paid into the bank today.. hopefully everyone else is paid in on there normal dates also.. its stressful enough this time of year

  10. I’m on illness got a duble payment on Saturday 14decembee will I get paid Saturday 28 it’s so confusing.

  11. Hey I’m on maternity benefit and received a single payment yesterday and am due to be paid to my bank on the 30th of december, will this payment be issued on christmas eve like the other payments due in banks on the 30th

  12. I received my double payment on monday 16th and going by the website my next payment is the 8th but should be 30/31st could they do that leaving me a extra week?

  13. Hi im due my illness benefit payment today into my bank account but no sign of it. Any reasons as to why would there be some sort of delay?

    • Hi Shirley,
      Did you manage to get sorted with your payment? Just wondering because mine has not been paid either. Thanks.

  14. Im on jobseekers allowence i get paid into my bank account every tuesday but i only got a single week for this week do i get a double week on tuesday which is xmas eve or do i get it earlier _and is it a double week that i be getting id be grateful if you could let me know thanks Tanya

    • It says in the article that “Monthly Payments due in accounts on 24th or 25th December will be there on 20th December”

  15. I got cheque yesterday. It was single payment. Does this mean I will get double payment on Friday.

  16. Hi I’m on illiness benfit so will my pay ment be paid on the 23rd for the 30th I get paid into my bank account can so body please email me asap thanks

    • Mary – you should get a double payment this week (ending 20th) and nopayment next week (beginning 23rd).

    • Hi Mary,
      I’m also on illness benefit and did not receive a double week on 16th, just my normal weekly rate into my bank account. I’m hoping I will get a payment on the 23rd as I usually receive it on mondays. Did you get a double week? Thanks.

  17. I’m on casual job seekers I’m normally paid every tuesday but I got a single payment Saturday of last week and got no payment today so will I get a double payment on friday

    • I receive my job seeks by cheque weekly. Today I received my cheque but not the advance payment for next week

      • I’m on maternity benefit I received a single payment on the 20th and next payment is due in the bank on the 30th of December. Will this payment be paid into my bank on the 24th like other accounts

    • The same thing happened to me. I queried it today and they said I will get a double payment on Friday. Still can’t understand why I got paid on Saturday

    • Mine is all messed up too. Got a double payment on the 10th. No pay 17th. No pay today so far unless it clears at 10:30? If not then by the time they open again I’ll be due 2 weeks arrears and my bonus…

      • We only got one weeks payment today the 19th of December in my partners bank account, I thought it was supposed to be a double week,hes on jobseekers long term and with vtos atm, can you tell me what’s our next payment date.

    • I get paid loan parent on a Thursday and my maternity benefit goes into my account on a Saturday how will this work for me?

  18. I have been on Illness Benefit since March 2019. Will I get a double week/Christmas bonus? And if so when? I have never been in this position before and dont know how it works, let alone how I will manage Christmas. Any advice would be very welcome. TIA

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