Christmas Bonus
A 75% Christmas Bonus will be paid this year to recipients of a long-term Social Welfare.
The Christmas Bonus was partially re-introduced last year at a rate of 25%.
The Bonus was paid annually to long-term social welfare recipients and recipients of certain
payments from some other Departments and FÁS from 1980 to 2008. Payment of the
Christmas Bonus was abolished in 2009 as part of the April Supplementary Budget in that
The Bonus payment was made to people such as social welfare pensioners and the long
term unemployed, carers, people with disabilities and lone parents who rely either wholly or
mainly on their social welfare payments for financial support.
The categories of welfare beneficiaries include recipients of State Pensions, Invalidity and
Widow(er)’s Pensions, Guardian’s Payments, One-Parent Family Payment, Carers
Allowance, Disability Allowance, Farm Assist, long-term Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment
Support Payments (e.g. Back to Work Allowance and the new Back to Work Family
Dividend), Employment programmes (Community Employment, Job Initiative, Rural Social
Scheme, Tús, Gateway), Domiciliary Care Allowance, Direct Provision Allowance, Magdalen
Commission Payments and certain occupational injuries benefits.
The Bonus will be paid in late November/early December.