The Social Welfare Christmas bonus that was promised in Budget 2015 is due to be paid soon.
The Christmas bonus used to be a full week’s payment – but it was removed back in 2009/2010 by the Fianna Fail / Greens government.
The 2014 bonus will be just 25% of the normal weekly social welfare payment – with a minimum payment of €20.
According to the Dept of Social Protection – the bonus will put an extra €63 million into the economy just before Christmas. (An average of €54 per person affected)
The bonus payment is due to be made along with the normal weekly payment in the week commencing December 1st 2014.
See more about other Christmas arrangements for Social Welfare
Schemes which are essentially short-term in nature are not included in the Christmas Bonus. These are illness, maternity, health and safety, adoptive, and jobseeker’s Benefit, jobseeker’s allowance (in respect of a continuous period of unemployment of less than 15 months), supplementary welfare allowance and family income supplement.
People getting the following payments will be getting the 25% Christmas Bonus :
Back to Education Allowance (only people coming from jobseeker’s payments who have been on their payment and/or BTEA for 15 months)
Back to Work Allowance
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (long-term only – over 391 days or 15 months)
Carer’s Allowance and Benefit
Deserted Wife’s Allowance and Benefit
Disablement Pension and Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
Domiciliary Care Allowance
Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
JobBridge (people coming from jobseeker’s payments must have been on their payment and/or JobBridge for 15 months)
Jobseeker’s Allowance (long-term only – over 390 days or 15 months)
Jobseeker’s Allowance (Transition)
Magdalen Laundry Payments
One-Parent Family Payment
Partial Capacity Benefit
Rural Social Scheme
State Pension (Contributory), (Non-Contributory) and (Transition)
Widow, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)