CHRISTMAS BONUS TO BENEFIT PENSIONERS, CARERS AND VULNERABLE GROUPS

From the left, Minister for State Kevin Humphreys TD, An Tanaiste and Ministe for Social Protection Joan Burton TD and Minister Brendan Howlin TD.
From the left, Minister for State Kevin Humphreys TD, An Tanaiste and Ministe for Social Protection Joan Burton TD and Minister Brendan Howlin TD.
– Pensioner couple both in receipt of the non-contributory State Pension will receive a bonus payment of €328.50.
– Single person on Disability Allowance will receive a bonus payment of €141.
– A person in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance with two dependent children will get a bonus of €197.70.
– A long-term jobseeker with a dependent partner and two dependent children will receive a bonus of €279.30.

Joan and Brendan Howlin (Monday, 23rd November 2015) announced details of the Christmas Bonus that will directly benefit 1.2 million social welfare customers and their dependants. The bonus will be paid during the first week of December.

As announced in the Budget, pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and people who are long-term unemployed will receive a Bonus of 75% this year. Abolished in 2009 by the previous Government, the Christmas Bonus was partially restored by the Tánaiste last year and is being increased this year.

Today, Joan and Brendan signed the Regulations which provide for the 75% Christmas Bonus to be paid.

On signing the Regulations, Joan said: “As Tánaiste and Labour Party leader, my focus is on trying to ensure we can improve things for every person, not just a few – and the Bonus will play an important role in that.

“The people of this country deserve immense credit for ensuring that social solidarity remained intact throughout the crisis, when it fractured in other countries. That solidarity is based on a simple concept – that age-old Irish tradition of looking out for someone less fortunate than yourself.

“The bonus is not just a welcome assistance to retired people at a financially stressful time of year. It also helps a range of other vulnerable people – including lone parents, long-term jobseekers, carers and people with disabilities. And important, the bonus is spent within the local economy. So it provides a boost not only for the individuals and families who receive it, but also for local businesses and the community.”

Minister Howlin said: “We are committed to ensuring that the benefits of recovery are shared across society and so I am delighted that our continued economic progress has enabled us to pay a 75% Christmas Bonus to social welfare recipients this year.”

Weekly social welfare payments with which the Christmas Bonus will be paid include State Pension (Contributory, Non-Contributory), Widow’s and Widower’s (Contributory and Non Contributory Pension), Guardian’s Payment (Contributory and Non-Contributory), Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension, Deserted Wife’s Benefit, Carer’s Allowance and Benefit, Disability Allowance, Farm Assist long-term Jobseeker’s Allowance and long-term Supplementary Welfare Allowance.

The Christmas Bonus is also being paid to certain participants of Community Employment, Back to Education, Rural Social Scheme, Gateway, Tus and the Back to Work Family Dividend.