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Christmas bonus for welfare recipients 15.11.07

PEOPLE on social welfare payments in Inishowen can look forward to a double payment in the first week of December.
The payment is designed to ease the financial burden on families over the festive period.
Donegal North East T.D., Deputy Niall Blaney said the double entitlements would be a "welcome boost" at a stressful time.
"The bonus payment is relied on by hundreds of thousands of people. It’s a lifeline at this time of year as spending pressures increase," said Deputy Blaney.
Weekly social welfare payments eligible for the Christmas bonus include all forms of the State pension; disability pensions; deserted wife's benefit; carer's allowance and benefit; farm assist and long-term jobseeker's allowance as well a number of other employment support payments.
The bonus is also paid to certain participants of FÁS, Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme, Job Initiative and Community Employment Schemes as well as certain income maintenance schemes operated by the Department of Health and Children. Those in receipt of payments under the Rural Social Scheme will also benefit.
Deputy Blaney added:“The extra social welfare payment is a sign of the Government’s commitment to social welfare recipients and to supporting those who most need help."
The double payment bonus will directly benefit 1.3 million social welfare customers nationally.
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