Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 692 No. 2

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  427.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the cost to the Exchequer of returning the social welfare Christmas bonus. [36815/09]

  457.  Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if she will restore the Christmas bonus for social welfare recipients in 2009. [37280/09]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Deputy Mary Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 427 and 457 together.

Each year the Government makes a decision on the payment of the Christmas Bonus having regard to the prevailing economic circumstances. This year it has been necessary for the Government to take steps to reduce overall public expenditure so as to restore order and stability to the public finances.

In this context, the decision was made that the Christmas Bonus would not be paid in 2009. The decision was announced in the April 2009 Supplementary Budget. The payment of a 100% Christmas bonus in 2009 would cost an estimated €223 million.


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