Full list of people eligible for the 2023 Christmas bonus and when to expect it 2 months ago

Full list of people eligible for the 2023 Christmas bonus and when to expect it

Thousands of people will receive the 2023 Christmas bonus next week.

The Christmas Bonus is an extra payment for people who receive a long-term social welfare payment.

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Those who are eligible will see a 100 per cent boost on their usual payments that will be paid in the week beginning December 4th, 2023.

You don’t need to apply for the bonus, so if you qualify you’ll automatically get it with your social welfare payment.

Full list of people eligible for the 2023 Christmas bonus and when to expect it.

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You are paid a Christmas Bonus if you are getting:

  • Back to Education Allowance – people coming from jobseeker’s payments need to be getting the Allowance for at least 12 months (312 days), but you may be able to use your time on your jobseeker’s payment to help you qualify.
  • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance – people coming from jobseeker’s payments need to be getting the Allowance for at least 12 months (312 days), but you may be able to use time on jobseeker’s payment to help you qualify.
  • Back to Work Family Dividend
  • Benefit payment for 65 year olds
  • Blind Pension
  • Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Benefit (including half-rate Carer’s Allowance)
  • Community Employment
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance and Deserted Wife’s Benefit
  • Daily Expenses Allowance, formerly called Direct Provision Allowance for 12 months
  • Disability Allowance
  • Disablement Benefit
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Farm Assist
  • Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
  • Illness Benefit for 12 months or more
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Job Initiative Scheme
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance for 12 months (312 days or more)
  • Jobseeker’s Transitional payment
  • Magdalene Commission Scheme
  • Death Benefit Scheme (under the Occupational Injuries Scheme)
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • State Pension (Contributory) and State Pension (Non-Contributory)
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance for 12 months (312 days or more)
  • Tús
  • Widow, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory)
  • Work Placement Experience Programme

In 2023, the Christmas Bonus is 100 per cent of your normal weekly payment (including the Living Alone Increase, the Island Allowance and the Over-80 Increase).

If an Increase for a Qualified Adult is paid directly to your dependent spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, the Christmas Bonus will also be paid directly to them.

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An important thing to note is that if you are getting two eligible social welfare payments (for example, a One-Parent Family Payment and the Domiciliary Care Allowance or a half-rate Carer’s Allowance as well as your primary payment) you will get the Christmas Bonus for both payments.

For Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), which is paid monthly, the bonus is 100% of the weekly DCA rate. The DCA portion of the bonus is calculated independently of other payments.

For more information, click here.

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