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Social Welfare Christmas Payments to be Paid to Over 1.2 Million People in the First Week of December

Social Welfare Christmas Payments to be Paid to Over 1.2 Million People in the First Week of December

 

Thursday 21 November 2019

The Christmas Payment will be paid to over 1.2 million social welfare recipients in the first week of December (week commencing Monday 2 December), with payments totalling €279.4 million being made to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and many other recipients.

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty today said:

 “Last year, I was particularly pleased to announce the restoration of the additional Christmas Payment at a rate of 100%.  I am very happy that despite the current climate of uncertainty generated by Brexit, the Christmas Payment will again be paid at a rate of 100% this year.

“This payment recognises the seasonal needs of people who are long-term financially dependent on their social welfare payment for all or most of their income, such as pensioners, people with disabilities and carers. This payment will help those people meet the extra expenses incurred over the Christmas period as well as provide an additional boost for local economies.”

ENDS

Note for Editors

See Appendix 1 (attached) for a list of schemes for which the Christmas Payment will be paid and the number of recipients.

See Appendix 2 (attached) for the rates of payments of these Social Welfare payments. 

 

Appendix 1

Recipient numbers and cost by Scheme

 

Scheme

2019

100% Cost

Numbers

(€m)

State Pension Non-Contributory

99,389

22.7

Jobseeker's Allowance*

99,058

22.6

One Parent Family Payment

39,859

10.2

Widow(er)s' Pension (non-con)

1,325

0.3

Deserted Wife's Allowance

88

0.0

Supplementary Welfare Allowance*

4,264

0.9

Direct Provision Allowance

2,275

0.1

Farm Assist

5,915

1.2

Community Employment

21,144

5.4

Rural Social Scheme

3,237

0.8

 

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5,512

1.4

Job Initiative

633

0.3

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

4,277

0.9

Back to Education Allowance*

7,061

1.8

Back to Work Family Dividend

5,791

0.3

Disability Allowance

147,420

32.7

Blind Pension

1,143

0.2

Carer's Allowance

85,037

16.8

Domiciliary Care Allowance

42,709

3.9

Guardian's Payment (non-con)

541

0.1

Magdalen Commission Scheme

440

0.1

 

Subtotal Assistance

577,118

122.9

 

 

 

State Pension (Contributory)

454,214

108.7

Widow(er)s' Surviving Civil Partners Pension (Con)

126,091

30.4

Occupational Injuries Death Benefit

761

0.2

Deserted Wife's Benefit

5,780

1.3

Partial Capacity Benefit

2,961

0.4

Invalidity Pension

58,185

13.6

Disablement Benefit

14,495

0.7

Carer's Benefit

2,884

0.8

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

1,216

0.3

Subtotal Insurance

666,587

156.5

 

Total Assistance & Insurance

1,243,705

279.4

 


*15 months duration in receipt of an eligible social welfare payment or scheme is required in order to be eligible for a Christmas Payment.

APPENDIX 2

Payment by Family Type

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Payment & Family Type

Rate of Payment

 

Pensioners

State Pension Contributory (SPC) Personal Rate - Single

€248.30

SPC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged 66 or over

€470.80

SPC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged under 66

€413.70

State Pension Non-Contributory (SPNC) Personal Rate - Single

€237.00

SPNC Personal Rate - Couple (Both entitled in their own right to the SPNC)

€474.00

SPNC Couple - Personal Rate with a Qualified Adult aged under 66

€393.60

Pensioner Couple - One in receipt of SPC and the other in receipt of SPNC

€485.30

Widow/er’s and Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension (WSCPCP) Personal Rate - aged under 66

€208.50

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 1 child (12 years and over)

€245.50

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 2 children (12 years and over)

€282.50

WSCPCP Personal Rate (under 66) with 4 children (12 years and over)

€356.50

 

Jobseekers

Jobseeker's Allowance (JA) Personal Rate - Single

€203.00

JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate

€337.70

JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 1 child (12 years and over)

€374.70

JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 2 children (12 years and over)

€411.70

JA Couple - Personal Rate and Qualified Adult  Rate with 4 children (12 years and over)

€485.70

 

One-Parent Family Payment

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 1 child (Under 12 years)

€237.00

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 2 children (Under 12 years)

€271.00

One Parent Family Payment Personal Rate with 4 children (Under 12 years)

€339.00

 

Carer’s Allowance 

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66

€219.00

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 1 child (12 years and over)

€256.00

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 2 children (12 years and over)

€293.00

Carer's Allowance Personal Rate - Aged Under 66 with 4 children (12 years and over)

€367.00