Minister Harris confirms dates for cost of living payments to Wicklow residents


Budget 2024 announced a host of cost-of-living lump sum payments for Wicklow households this year, and Wicklow Minister Simon Harris has confirmed the dates on which these will be paid.

The Department of Social Protection will begin making payments on the week beginning November 20th.

Minister Harris said: “These payments will be welcome news to so many families across the country and in Wicklow. We know times are tough and that’s why this Government is stepping in with 9 vital lump-sum payments from now till Christmas.

“Thousands of hard working Wicklow families are in line to benefit from a billion euro cost of living package which Fine Gael Minister Humphreys, myself and colleagues have fought hard to deliver on.

€400 Working Family Payment supporting 46,500 households including 98,000 children.

€400 Disability Support Grant to be issued to over 214,000 people with disabilities.
This payment was introduced again this year in recognition of the unique challenges that people with disabilities face.

€300 Fuel Allowance lump sum supporting 409,000 households with the heating of their homes during the winter period.

A second batch of lump sum payments will begin on November 27th.

€400 Carer’s Support Grant paid to approximately 130,000 Carers.
Also in the Budget, the income threshold for Carer’s Allowance was increased to €450 for a single person and €900 for a couple. This is the second time the Carer’s Means Test has been expanded since Fine Gael Minister Humphreys was appointed.

€200 support for people on the Living Alone Allowance which will benefit 237,000 households.

€100 Qualified Child Benefit will also be issued. This will be in respect of 370,000 children.

Two additional cost-of-living payments will be made beginning December 4th:

A 100 per cent Christmas Bonus supporting 1.33 million pensioners, carers, people with disabilities and other welfare groups and a Double Child Benefit of €280 per child will also be paid out.

The final lump sum payment will be made on January 29th, benefitting pensioners, carers, and people with disabilities.

Minister Harris concluded: “These cost of living measures are on top of what I have already announced as Minister for Further and Higher Education, to reduce the cost of education for thousands of families in the county.

“Last week, I announced in Budget 2024 a significant number of measures that will reduce the cost of putting a child through college including: significant increases in student grants ; cuts to the student contribution fee for undergraduate students by at least €1,000 ; increased and extended renters’ tax credit ; and extended public transport fare discounts for young people.”

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