Citizen’s Information – ‘New social welfare changes in 2024’

Are social welfare payment rates changing in 2024?

In January 2024, the maximum rate of all weekly social welfare payments will increase by €12, with proportional increases for qualified adults and people on reduced rates of payment. This also includes people on Community Employment (CE), Tús and Rural Social Scheme.
The weekly rate for a qualified child will also increase by €4. For children under 12, it will increase from €42 to €46. For children 12 or over, it will increase from €50 to €54.

Are there any other social welfare changes in January 2024?

The income limits for people getting the Working Family Payment will increase by €54 across all family sizes from January 2024. So, if you have one child, your weekly income limit will increase from €591 to €645.
The monthly rate of Domiciliary Care Allowance will increase by €10, to €340 per month.

Will any more once-off lump sums be paid?

A once-off double week for all weekly qualifying social welfare payments will be paid in the week beginning 29 January 2024. Payments that qualify for the Christmas Bonus will qualify for the once-off double week.

Read more about social welfare and other changes announced in Budget 2024 on, or call us on 0818 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

Know Your Rights has been compiled by South Connacht Citizens Information Service CLG, which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0818 07 6330 Address: Boyle CIC, Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0818 07 4000.

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