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Restoring Christmas Bonus show recovery will be felt by all

Posted on December 01, 2014 at 03:10 PM

The Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Kevin Humphreys

1.23 million people on social welfare will receive a Christmas bonus this week following the partial restoration of the bonus, which was abolished by the previous Government in 2009.

Speaking about the restoration of the bonus the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the partial restoration of the bonus, along with the other welfare measures announced in Budget 2015 are “real indicators of the economic recovery and the Government’s ambition to ensure it will be a recovery felt by all”.

The Tánaiste also said Budget 2015 was the first budget where the Government has had the scope to make “real positive progress for welfare recipients”.

Minister Kevin Humphreys said: “After several years of tough Budgets, we have been able to put money back in people’s pockets. This will help families with the costs of Christmas and support real jobs in the local economy. People have made huge sacrifices and we recognise that effort.”

You can find more information on the Christmas bonus, including who is receiving it and how many people will benefit in our media centre.

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