Christmas bonus for 13,790 pensioners across Clare

Christmas bonus for 13,790 pensioners across Clare

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euro-641911_1280Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy says that 13,790 elderly people in County Clare are set to receive a 75% Christmas bonus, on top of their pension.

The bonus, which was abolished by the Fianna Fáil government in 2009, will be paid during the next week.

The move will see pensioner couples who are both in receipt of the non-contributory State Pension receiving a bonus payment of €328.50.

Senator Mulcahy said, “This Government is continuing to protect the elderly, and is providing better support to almost 13,800 elderly people in Clare. This year, as a result of Budget 2016, pensioners are benefitting from an increase of €3 in the weekly rate of all pension payments, for those aged 66 and over.”

“In a further move to support older people, the Government decided in Budget 2016 to increase the Christmas bonus as well as the rate of the Fuel Allowance by €2.50 per week, from €20 to €22.50 per week. The allowance is paid for 26 weeks from October to April. Budget 2016 also introduced an increase in funding for Free Travel by €3 million, from €77 million to €80 million, ensuring sustainability of the service for 836,000 Free Travel pass holders.

“Fine Gael’s top priority is to keep the recovery going and thanks to the Irish people we are now seeing economic progress, with 135,000 more people at work nationally. More people in work means less tax for working people and more revenue to invest in better services. This will ensure more people and families feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives.

“It also means we can afford to give a little back to the people who need it most. I am pleased that Fine Gael is continuing to support elderly people by increasing the Pension, the Christmas bonus and the Fuel Allowance,” added Senator Mulcahy.

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