Social welfare Christmas bonus to be paid this week

Some €219m is being paid to over 1.2 million people

Social welfare Christmas bonus to be paid this week

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More than 1.2 million social welfare recipients are to receive a Christmas bonus this week.

The Department of Social Protection say the payments will start from Monday November 27th.

In total, €219m is being paid to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and other recipients.

The bonus will be paid at the rate of 85% of a person's normal weekly payment.

It breaks down to over 630,000 pensioners and 580,000 other social welfare recipients.

Source: Department of Social Protection

The department says the majority of customers will receive the bonus this week.

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has welcomed the payment, saying: "I am very pleased that the Christmas bonus is being paid again this year.

"Not only is it a welcome additional support for social welfare customers in the run-up to Christmas, in many cases the money is spent locally and provides a real boost for local economies."