Social Welfare Payments Return to Weekly Schedule – Beginning 2nd November 2020.

Social Welfare payments will be returning to a weekly schedule from week beginning 2nd November, 2020

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Social Protection Minister, Heather Humphreys, T.D., has announced that all weekly social welfare payments, which had been moved to a fortnightly schedule from the end of March will be fully restored to being paid weekly with effect from Monday, 2nd November, 2020.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, weekly social welfare payments were changed to a fortnightly schedule from 23rd March. This measure was kept under review and, in August, the Department moved a number of payments back to a weekly payment schedule. These included One-parent Family Payment, Working Family Payment, Illness Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Jobseeker’s Benefit.

Customers who are in receipt of the remaining payments – e.g. State Pension Contributory, Non-Contributory, Widows pensions, Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Benefit – will receive their last double week payment in the week commencing Monday, 19th October and will revert to receiving their payment each week from the week beginning 2nd November.


These customers will continue to have the option to collect their social welfare payment at their post office each week or anytime for up to 90 days.

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