A number of lump sums are being paid out this week and into next week.

These were announced as part of the government's Budget 2024 cost of living package.

Between today and Friday, over 240,000 will receive a €200 lump sum.

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Here's everything you need to know about the bonus and who will receive it.

Who gets the €200 lump sum this week?

Recipients of the Living Alone Allowance will get a €200 lump sum between Wednesday and Friday.

If you are 66 years or over and live alone, you will qualify if you are getting one of the following payments

  • State Pension (Contributory)
  • State Pension (Non-Contributory)
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Contributory) Pension
  • Widow's/Widower's Pension under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme
  • Incapacity Supplement under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit

You will also qualify if you are under 66, live alone and are getting Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Incapacity Supplement or Blind Pension.

What other lump sums are paid this week?

On Thursday, 30th November, some 120,000 Carers will receive a lump sum payment of €400 .

From Wednesday 29th November to Friday 1st December , a €200 lump sum payment will be paid to the approx. 240,000 people in receipt of the Living Alone Allowance (payment day differs per recipient).

Throughout the week, a lump sum of €100 per child will be paid to families in respect of 370,000 qualified children (payment day differs per recipient). This is paid to people who receive an ‘Increase for a Qualified Child’ on their primary social welfare payment.

“I’m very pleased this week to announce the payment of the €400 Cost of Living lump sum for carers, which will help support approximately 120,000 carers and their families," said the Minister For Social Protection, Heather Humphreys.

“This will be paid automatically on Thursday to those who are receiving the Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance and the standalone Carer’s Support Grant, at an estimated cost of almost €48 million.

“And on top of that, we are also this week paying out the €200 living alone allowance lump sum, supporting some 240,000 people.

“And finally this week, we will make a €100 payment to households in receipt of the Qualified Child Payment. This will benefit some 370,000 children and their families, putting more money in their pockets ahead of the Christmas period.”

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