Tuesday 11 December 2018
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Minister Regina Doherty announces payment of 100% Christmas Bonus to 1.2 million Social Welfare Recipients

Minister Regina Doherty announces payment of 100% Christmas Bonus to 1.2 million Social Welfare Recipients

A 100% Christmas Bonus will be paid for the first time in a decade

The Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 1.2 million social welfare recipients next week (commencing Monday 3 December), with payments totalling €264.3 million being made to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and many other recipients.

Emphasising that the bonus payment was at the level of 100%, the first time since 2008, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty said:

 “I am very happy to announce that the Christmas Bonus is being paid again this year and will be available next week. Benefitting all recipients of long-term social welfare payments including carers, people with disabilities, pensioners, and lone parents, the bonus is timed to assist people with the extra expenses occurred over Christmas. In many homes across Ireland, families depend on this bonus and – owing to sound economic and fiscal management by the Government –  this will be the first time in a decade in which we can make a 100% Christmas Bonus and provide increased support at this time of the year.”

See Appendix 1 (attached) for a list of schemes for which the Christmas bonus will be paid and the number of recipients.

See Appendix 2 (attached) for the rates of payments of these Social Welfare payments.

Appendix 1

Recipient numbers and cost by Scheme

Scheme

2018

100% Cost

Numbers

(€m)

State Pension Non-Contributory

94,900

21.2

Jobseeker’s Allowance*

111,680

23.5

One Parent Family Payment

39,455

9.6

Widow(er)s’ Pension (non-con)

1,385

0.2

Deserted Wife’s Allowance

110

0.0

Supplementary Welfare Allowance*

4,400

0.9

Daily Expenses Allowance (formerly Direct Provision Allowance)*

1,950

0.1

Farm Assist

6,645

1.3

Community Employment

21,465

5.2

Rural Social Scheme

3,030

0.9

Tús

6,380

1.5

Job Initiative

720

0.3

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

9,860

2.4

Back to Education Allowance*

8,390

2.0

Gateway

0

0.0

Back to Work Family Dividend

7,050

0.4

Disability Allowance

141,450

30.2

Blind Pension

1,205

0.3

Carer’s Allowance

78,715

15.4

Domiciliary Care Allowance

38,810

3.6

Guardian’s Payment (non-con)

545

0.1

Magdalen Commission Scheme

405

0.1

Subtotal Assistance

578,900

119.2

   

 

State Pension (Contributory)

428,025

99.3

Widow(er)s’ Surviving Civil Partners Pension (Con)

121,320

28.6

Occupational Injuries Death Benefit

730

0.2

Deserted Wife’s Benefit

6,180

1.4

Partial Capacity Benefit

2,485

0.4

Invalidity Pension

57,290

13.0

Disablement Benefit

14,280

1.2

Carer’s Benefit

2,755

0.7

Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)

1,155

0.3

Subtotal Insurance

634,230

145.1

     

Total Assistance & Insurance

1,213,130

264.3

*15 months duration on eligible social welfare payment or scheme  is required in order to be eligible for Bonus

 

APPENDIX 2

Payment by Family Type

Payment & Family Type

Rate of Payment

 

Pensioners

State Pension Contributory (SPC) Personal Rate – Single

€243.30

SPC Couple – Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged 66 or over

€461.30

SPC Couple – Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged under 66

€405.40

State Pension Non-Contributory (SPNC) Personal Rate – Single

€232.00

SPNC Personal Rate – Couple (Both entitled in their own right to the SPNC)

€464.00

SPNC Couple – Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged under 66

€385.30

Pensioner Couple – One in receipt of SPC and the other in receipt of SPNC

€475.30

Widow/er’s and Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension (WSCPCP) Personal Rate – aged under 66

€203.50

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 1 child

€235.30

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 2 children

€267.10

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 4 children

€330.70

 

Jobseekers

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) Personal Rate – Single

€198.00

JA Couple – Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate

€329.40

JA Couple – Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 1 child

€361.20

JA Couple – Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 2 children

€393.00

JA Couple – Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 4 children

€456.60

 

One-Parent Family Payment

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 1 child

€229.80

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 2 children

€261.60

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 4 children

€325.20

 

Carer’s Allowance 

Carer’s Allowance Personal Rate – Aged Under 66

€214.00

Carer’s Allowance Personal Rate – Aged Under 66 with 1 child

€245.80

Carer’s Allowance Personal Rate – Aged Under 66 with 2 children

€277.60

Carer’s Allowance Personal Rate – Aged Under 66 with 4 children

€341.20