Increases across all schemes
10 Apr 2018
Social Welfare increase from end of March 2018.
Social welfare recipients will begin to receive an increase in their weekly welfare payments, provided for in Budget 2018 with all increases being in place by Friday, 30th March.
In total, some 1.3 million social welfare recipients and a further 560,000 dependants will benefit from the increases.
There will be €5 increase in the maximum rate of all weekly payments for pensioners, lone parents, jobseekers, carers, people with disabilities, widows, and people on employment programmes.
Younger jobseekers aged 26 or younger who are on reduced rates will receive the full €5 increase.
Effective Date: increases in weekly rates/Budget 2018
Payment Type Date
|Jobseeker’s Allowance||21st March 2018|
|Jobseeker’s Benefit||22nd March 2018|
|Injury Benefit||26th March 2018|
|Health and Safety Benefit|
|Supplementary Welfare Allowance|
|Disability Allowance||28th March 2018|
|Deserted Wife's Benefit|
29th March 2018
|Deserted Wife's Allowance|
|One Parent Family Payment (Other than a Widow/er)|
|Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment|
|Working Family Payment (previously Family Income Supplement)|
|Disablement Pension||30th March 2018|
|Death Benefit Pension (under the OIB scheme)|
|State Pension (Contributory)|
|Widow/er's (Contributory) Pension|
|Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)|
|State Pension (Non-Contributory)|
|Blind Person's Pension|
|Widow/er's (Non-Contributory) Pension|
|One-Parent-Family-Payment (in the case of a Widow/er)|
|Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory)|
Please note: Employment Programmes will receive the increase from the same date as their underlying primary payment.