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Social Welfare 2019

  • 22/03/2019
  • Author:bridgetmccall

Budget 2019 increases in pension and weekly social welfare payment rates start from 25 March

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The increases in pensions and weekly social welfare payment rates, announced in Budget 2019, are to start from Monday 25 March.

Pensions and weekly welfare recipients

The maximum personal rate of pension will increase by €5 per week for 637,340 pensioners aged 66 and over from the week commencing 25 March - for themselves and 72,640 dependants. There will also be a €5 increase for 684,700 weekly welfare recipients including carers, widows, people with disabilities, lone parents, jobseekers, Maternity and Paternity Benefit recipients, Farm Assist recipients and Community Employment participants.

Qualified adults and people receiving reduced rates of payment will receive proportional increases.  

Dependent children

Next week will also see the increases on weekly payments of €2.20 for dependent children aged under 12, and €5.20 for dependent children aged 12 and over. This will bring the qualified child increases to €34
per week and €37 per week respectively.

Lone parents

Working lone parents who are receiving the One Parent Family Payment and Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment will now be able to earn an extra €20 per week, up to €150, and keep their full payment. Some 13,200 families will benefit from this which takes effect from next week.

People receiving the Working Family Payment in receipt of maintenance will benefit from a new disregard of €95 per week in respect of housing costs.  

Fuel Allowance

The weekly Fuel Allowance of €22.50 is being extended by one week this year until 12 April. Some 373,800 households will benefit.

Read the Citizens Ireland table giving dates of social welfare increases


Source: Almost 1.5 million to Gain as Budget 2019 Increases Commence

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