Special Double Payment Due This Week


The Government is making a special double payment this week to approximately 1.3 million people on 31 different State supports to assist with the cost of living.  In county Tipperary 50,133 people will receive the bonus payment that was announced in the Budget.  

Over the course of this week, a Double Lump Sum Payment will be issued to the likes of pensioners, carers, people with disabilities, lone parents and low income families.   It will be paid on the same basis as the Christmas Bonus and will include the core weekly rate increase of €12 that came into effect at the start of the year.

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys says the extra payment “is recognising that families continue to feel the pinch, particularly after the Christmas period. The double payment is automatically paid – people do not need to apply.

January Bonus recipient numbers by scheme:

SchemeApproximate Recipient Numbers
State Pension Non-Contributory98,186
Jobseeker’s Allowance*116,350
One Parent Family Payment43,606
Widow(er)s’ Pension (non-contributory)1,060
Supplementary Welfare Allowance*3,125
Daily Expenses Allowance*6,641
Farm Assist4,299
Community Employment18,710
Rural Social Scheme2,802
Job Initiative384
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance2,520
Back to Education Allowance*2,103
Back to Work Family Dividend2,753
Work Placement Experience Programme174
Disability Allowance158,150
Blind Pension992
Carer’s Allowance92,840
Domiciliary Care Allowance52,125
Guardian’s Payment (non-con)575
Magdalen Commission Scheme694
State Pension (Contributory)510,350
Widow(er)s’ Surviving Civil Partners Pension (Con)124,900
Occupational Injuries Death Benefit696
Deserted Wife’s Benefit4,460
Partial Capacity Benefit3,026
Invalidity Pension55,169
Disablement Benefit13,680
Illness Benefit*16,343
Carer’s Benefit3,757
Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)1,155

*12 months duration on eligible social welfare payment or scheme is required in order to be eligible for Bonus.