Thousands of people across Ireland are waiting to receive two one-off social welfare payments before Christmas.

A €500 Carer’s Support Grant will be given to those who are eligible. This started 21 November (yesterday).

The social-welfare payment is set to be paid automatically to anybody receiving a Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance.

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In addition, those who receive a long-term social welfare payment of €20 or more will get a Christmas Bonus on December 5.

They will be receiving double what they usually get.

Anybody who receives the following payments automatically qualifies for a Christmas Bonus:

  • Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Benefit
  • Disability Allowance
  • Disablement Pension and Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
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