Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (338)

Ciaran Lynch


338. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Social Protection the cost of reinstating the Christmas bonus for persons in receipt of the contributory and non-contributory State pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20878/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Payment of a Christmas Bonus, equivalent to 100% of a person’s weekly social welfare rate, to recipients of the State Pension Contributory and Non-Contributory, would cost in the region of €106 million. There is no provision in the 2014 estimates for the Department of Social Protection for the payment of a Christmas bonus. Any re-introduction of a bonus at Christmas would have to be considered in a future budgetary context.