Deputy Tony McLoughlin.
The Government has no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus, a local Fine Gael TD has said.
Sligo/Leitrim Deputy, Tony McLoughlin said: “I can confirm that Minister Doherty has absolutely no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus for any Social Welfare recipient.
“I know many people have been concerned in recent days following reports in the media regarding discontinuing the Christmas Bonus.
“Some newspapers sought to make waves by suggesting that this was under threat, this is absolutely incorrect.
As is always the case, there is currently no provision for a Christmas bonus in the Department of Social Protection's allocation for 2018, the decision to pay a Christmas Bonus is made at budget time every year.
“I was contacted by a number of concerned constituents on this issue and I am happy to be in a position to clarify that the Government has absolutely no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus for any Social Welfare recipient."
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