Department of Social Protection announces details of Christmas payments

The Department of Social Protection have been announced of the Christmas and New Year payment dates.

In a statement they said

"If you get a social welfare payment, the date which you receive your payment may change during the Christmas and New Year period. Details of all payment arrangements for this period are provided below.

If you receive a weekly social welfare payment, you will get your payment as usual during the week commencing Monday 18th December, and an advanced payment for the following week.

This applies to payments made at post offices, by cheque or directly into your financial institution account."

Payment dates are as follows

Payment due date

18, 19, 20, 21, 22 December 2023

Payment will be made on

No change. Double payment issues covering week commencing 18th and 25th December

Payment due date

23, 24, 25 December 2023

Payment will be made on

22 December 2023

Payment due date

1 January 2024

Payment will be made on

29 December 2023

Those who are leaving the state over the Christmas period and are getting income support from the Department of Social Protection have been asked to let the department know of their absence in advance of travel, which can be done by visiting your local Intreo Centre or Branch Office.

All department offices, including Intreo Centres and Branch Offices, will be closed on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 December 2023 and Monday 1 January 2024.

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said:

“I would like to advise people to be mindful that the dates of their payments may change over the Christmas period.

“I’m therefore today setting out the payment schedule so that everyone knows in advance when a payment from my Department is due.

“Christmas is a time for celebration, enjoyment and relaxation, particularly for families and children.

“But I know it can be a stressful time too. My Department will continue to roll-out millions of payments over the Christmas and New Year period, supporting the likes of our pensioners, carers and people with disabilities.

“I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year”