Social Welfare Payment Arrangements for Christmas 2016
(These dates have been confirmed by Dept of Social Protection )
Note– If you are looking for information about the 2016 Christmas Bonus for Pensioners and Welfare recipients see here 2016 Christmas Bonus
The Department of Social Protection’s offices will be closed on Monday 26 December, Tuesday 27 December 2016 and Monday 2 January 2017
Banks will close on Friday 23rd December and will not reopen until Thursday 29th December.
Post Offices will close at 1pm on Dec 24th and will not reopen until Thursday 29th December.
There will be no mail delivery or collection on December 25th ,26th ,27th or 28th.
Post Offices and Banks will also be closed on 2nd January 2017
Double Payment Week : Week beginning 19th December
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 19th December 2016 along with your usual payment for that week.
So – any payments due between 26th 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 26th December 2016
Any payments due for Monday 2nd January 2017 may be collected from Friday 30th December 2016.
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 19th December, 2016. The advance (double) payment will be the payment(s) due in the week beginning Monday 26th December 2016. The following exceptions apply…
- Payments for Maternity Benefit and Health & Safety Benefit due Monday 26th December 2016 will be paid on the Friday 23rd December 2016.
- Payments due on Monday 2nd January 2017 for Jobseekers Allowance, Jobseekers Benefit, Illness Benefit, Maternity, Health and Safety Benefit and Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance will be paid on Friday 30th December 2016.
Normal weekly payment dates will resume from Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Casual Jobseekers : People who work part time and claim Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance :
Payments due on Tuesday 20 December 2016 will be paid as normal
Payments due on Tuesday 27 December 2016 and Tuesday 3 January 2017 will both be credited to accounts on Friday 23 December 2016
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 26th, Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th December 2016 – will all be paid instead on Friday 23rd December 2016.
Foreign payments due during the week beginning 19 December 2016 will be paid during the week beginning 12 December 2016.