When will the Christmas bonus be paid to the 2.3 million low-income households?

The Christmas bonus, a “boost” before the end of year celebrations of an amount unchanged for 13 years, will be paid on December 15 to “2.3 million households with modest incomes”, indicated Friday the Ministry of Solidarity. Set up by the government of Lionel Jospin in 1998, this aid of at least 152.45 euros is granted to beneficiaries of certain social minima, such as the active solidarity income (RSA), the specific solidarity allowance (ASS) and the pension equivalent allowance (AER), the ministry said in a statement.

Automatic payment

This bonus will be paid automatically on December 15, without the beneficiaries having to take any steps. “Awarded to more than 2.3 million households, the Christmas bonus represents a boost for the most vulnerable households before the end of year celebrations”, underlines the ministry. It “translates the government’s commitment to supporting the purchasing power of low-income households”.

Its amount will be fixed for the beneficiaries of the ASS and the AER, while it will vary according to the composition of the households for the beneficiaries of the RSA.

An amount of 152.45 euros for a single person

As since 2009, the amount of this Christmas bonus will be 152.45 euros for a single person, 228.67 euros for a two-person household (couple without children, single adult with a child) and 274.41 euros for three people (couple with one child, single adult with two children).

From four people, the amount of the premium is higher for a single-parent household (335.39 euros) than for a couple with two children (320.14 euros) and the premium is supplemented by 60.98 euros per additional child . This system is in addition to the exceptional solidarity aid of 100 euros, plus 50 euros per dependent child, paid in September to beneficiaries of social minima.