Social Welfare Christmas Payment Dates 2020

As usual, there will be some changes to Social Welfare Christmas payment dates in 2020/2021 as outlined below.

  • Post Offices and Banks will close at lunchtime on Thursday 24th December and will not reopen until Wednesday 30th December 2020.
  • Post Offices and Banks will also be closed on 1st January 2021.
  • Post Offices will be open on Saturday 2nd January until 1 p.m.
  • There will be no mail delivery or collection from December 25th to Dec 29th 2020.

Double Payment Week

Note- These dates below have now been confirmed by Social Welfare.

In the week beginning 21st December 2020 – there will be a double payment for all weekly paid recipients of welfare benefits and state pensions – as explained below.

Social Welfare and Pension Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2020.

Double Week 21st December.

People who are paid weekly will receive their normal payment plus an extra advance payment (for the following week) during the week beginning Monday 21st December 2020.

As well as being double payments – most payments will be made earlier in the week than usual. PUP payments will still be paid on Tue 22nd Dec .
See below for details.

Original Due Date: Can be Collected at
Post Office
Date Paid into
Bank Accounts
22 December
(Not PUP)
21st December21st December
23 December22nd December22nd December
24 December22nd December22nd December
25th December23rd December23rd December
Friday 1st Jan 202123rd December23rd December
Weekly Payments

There will be no payments in the week beginning December 28th .
Normal weekly payment dates will resume from Monday 4th  January 2021.

Monthly Payments

Social Welfare Supplements paid Calendar Monthly, due for collection or paid to banks. Some payments will be paid early as follows:

Monthly Payments
Due Date:  Revised Payment Day
Thursday 24 DecemberTuesday 22nd December
Friday 25 DecemberWednesday 23rd December
Monday 28 DecemberWednesday 23rd December
Tuesday 29 DecemberThursday 24th December
Wednesday 30 DecemberWednesday 30 December

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 22nd/23rd December, and 29th/30th December on or before 18 December 2020.

Two payments covering the above weeks will be paid into accounts on 23rd December.

Normal payment arrangements for casual job seekers are expected to resume from Tuesday, 12th January 2021

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 2021. More about Fuel Allowance Payments

Children’s allowance / Child benefit

Children’s allowance will be paid as normal on the first Tuesday the 5th of January 2021 .

See all Children’s Allowance Payment Dates Here

Bank Opening Times Christmas 2020

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6 thoughts on “Social Welfare Christmas Payment Dates 2020

  1. I was Getting jobseekers Benefit Since April and then it got changed to jobseekers Allowance in end of September .. will I still be entitled to the Christmas Bonus this year ?

  2. Hi I get the fuel allowances I get the two lump sum payments next one is due the 2nd week in January is that the 5 of January or the 12 of January I am just double checking thanks

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