Pensioners are to get a cash lump sum of up to €1,100 euro under a €2 billion budget bonanza from the Department of Social Protection.
Those on core social welfare rates will see their weekly payments go up by €12 and two double payments before the new year under Budget 2023 plans which are set to be unveiled today.
That €12 a week rise in core payments will bring the dole to €220 a week and state pension to €265.
The usual Christmas double payment bonus will accompany a special Halloween bonus this year given at the end of October at a total cost of €600 million.
There will be a major expansion of the fuel allowance criteria, bringing an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 extra homes into the mix for the payment.
Those on the fuel allowance will also get a once-off cash lump sum of €400 this winter, while those on the living alone allowance will get €200.
It means someone on the State Pension, Living Alone Allowance & Fuel Allowance would get cash payments of €1,100 by Christmas.
Carers, people with a disability, and those on the working family payment will all get a lump sum of €500.
While there will be a double payment of child benefit rates in December.
There will also be a €20 rise in the Domiciliary Care Allowance to €320, as part of the budget measures announced by Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath later.
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