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€200 Bonus for Recipients of Social Welfare due to be paid from next Monday

From next Monday those in long term receipt of social welfare who qualify for the Christmas Bonus will receive a €200 boost to their regular social welfare payment. 

Those in receipt of the Working Family Payment also qualify for the payment. 



The initiative was announced as a measure to offset the cost of living crisis and will reportedly cost €261 million and will be paid to over 1.3 million recipients of social welfare. 

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphrys said, “This support will be paid on a similar basis to the Christmas Bonus, including to those on jobseeker’s payments or Illness Benefit for over 12 months; with the addition of recipients of the Working Family Payment.”

“One lump sum will be paid per person. If a person receives more than one qualifying social welfare payment, they will receive one €200 lump sum payment.”

A duration of 12 months on eligible social welfare payment or scheme is required in order to be eligible for the lump sum payment and time spent on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is included in the jobseeker qualifying period according to the government. 

The list of scheme eligible for the payment are:

the Back to Education Allowance, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Back to Work Family Divided,

Benefit Payment for 65 year olds, Jobseeker’s Benefit,  Jobseeker’s Benefit for the Self Employed, Blind Person, Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Benefit (including half-rate Carer’s Allowance),

Community Employment, Deserted Wife’s Allowance and Benefit, Daily Expenses Allowance, Disability Allowance, Disablement Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance,

Farm Assistant, Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory), Illness Benefit, Invalidity Pension, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Job Seeker’s Traditional Payment,

Magdalen Commission Scheme, One-Parent Family Payment, Partial Capacity Benefit, Rural Social Scheme, State Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory),

Supplementary Welfare Allowance, Tús, Widow, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory) Occupational Injuries Death Benefit, Working Family Payment.

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