This December will see the largest ever Christmas Bonus total being paid to Social Welfare recipients in the state.
Over 1.6 million people will be receiving payments totalling €390 million in the week beginning 7th December.
The Christmas Bonus will also be paid to 90% of recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) who have been receiving payments – continuously or otherwise – for at least 4 months (17 weeks) since March. It’s estimated that 311,270 people who have been on the PUP will receive the Christmas Bonus, totally over €93 million.
Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD has urged people to spend their bonus locally in order to support small businesses.