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Irish Mirror
Irish Mirror
Sophie Collins

Budget 2023: Who may be eligible for incoming Halloween and Christmas social welfare bonuses

Social welfare recipients will be in for a whole host of cash boosts over the coming months in line with Tuesday's Budget 2023 announcement.

There will be an across-the-board increase on social welfare payments of €12, marking the biggest increase in nearly20 years - while some more specific recipients will be in for a much bigger boost.

Minister Heather Humphreys was able to secure a €2bn increase to the social welfare budget which will allow the government to give two cash bonuses to recipients before the end of the year.

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The first double payment will be paid out before Halloween and will likely be given to all core welfare recipients. This will then be followed by another double payment for the Christmas Bonus in December, which is already in place as an annual boost.

Families struggling to make ends meet and who are on the Working Family Payment will also get a once-off lump sum worth €500 over the next few weeks. Every carer in the country is due for a similar €500 lump sum and a new Cost of Disability payment worth €500 will be given to anyone with a disability.

Families will also receive a boost if they’re in receipt of the child benefit payment, as government opts to double it - meaning it will be worth up to €280 per child. Thousands of others will also be considered eligible for the Fuel Allowance as it is set to be dramatically expanded in the coming weeks so more households can get the €33 weekly payment before applications close on September 30.

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