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The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December

The cost of the Christmas bonus is €219 million.

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty

THOSE IN RECEIPT of social welfare payments will receive their Christmas bonus payments in the first week of December.

The payments will be given to 1.2 million recipients.

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said the payments for pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and people who are long-term unemployed will be retained at 85% this year.

Abolished in 2009, the Christmas bonus was partially restored by the then Tánaiste Joan Burton in 2014 and has increased to the current 85%.

The Christmas bonus will cost €219 million this year.

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The bonus will be paid to those receiving the state pension, widow’s and widower’s pension, guardian’s payment, invalidity pension, blind pension, deserted wife’s benefit, carer’s allowance and benefit, disability allowance, farm assist, long-term Jobseeker’s Allowance, Long-term Supplementary Welfare Allowance, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme, TÚS, Gateway and Job initiative.

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