Crimbo Limbo: Social welfare Christmas bonus in doubt as Kenny refuses to confirm whether it will return or not – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Crimbo Limbo: Social welfare Christmas bonus in doubt as Kenny refuses to confirm whether it will return or not




The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has refused to confirm whether or not if the social welfare Christmas bonus will return this year.

Although it is still only September the topic regarding the much appreciated bonus was raised in the Dáil recently by Labour’s Brendan Howlin ahead of next month’s Budget.

Mr Howlin who is in favour of returning the bonus asked Mr Kenny: “Will the government pay the Christmas bonus this year, and if so, will it be a full weekly payment?.”

To further the cause Mr Howlin also referred to bonus payments set by the Fine Gael/Labour government in the past, saying both parties worked to restore the Christmas bonus to families in receipt of social welfare payments.

Howlin further challenged Mr Kenny by saying: “As he (Kenny) knows, these payments are incredibly important, particularly at Christmas time, to some of the lowest-income households in the country, for example, a pensioner on €230 per week. It meant having an extra €173 last year to look after Christmas. For a job seeker on a very modest €188, it made the difference for a Christmas of having an additional €141 in his or her pocket.”

However Mr Kenny responded: “I recall one of the first or second budgets we discussed in rooms not too far from here a number of years ago… the question was whether to cut the different rates of social welfare because there was not any money for anything,”

Mr Kenny also said: “You (Howlin) should know “better than most in this House” the challenge facing Paschal Donohoe in two weeks time.

The Taoiseach finalised by saying said no decision has been formally made regarding the issue of Christmas bonus payments, but added that the issue is being discussed.

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