The payment is one of eight sums that were announced in Budget 2023.

Today, more than 114,500 cares across Ireland will be paid a €500 bonus payment.

Earlier this week, people benefitting from the Working Family Payment, the Living Alone increase, the Fuel Allowance and Disability Allowance all received bonus payments.

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Today’s sum will be paid directly to anyone who qualifies for the Carer’s Support Grant.

The bonus is set to only be paid once per carer.

The grant is usually paid to anyone receiving the Carer’s Allowance and had a rate of €1,850.

Starting in January, the maximum rate of Carers Allowance will increase by €12.

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