State assistance and Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) recipients will be getting a Christmas supplement, the cabinet decided on Thursday, following a proposal tabled by the finance and labour ministers.
Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said the Christmas bonus to some 35,000 families will cost the state extra €14m.
Over 20,000 were GMI recipients.
Individuals will be receiving €384 while couples will get €576.
A couple with two children will receive €960.
Emilianidou said the aim was for the cash to reach the recipients before Christmas.
“This Christmas bonus will also be given to those living in (care) homes – not the case in the past – and the 13th salary will not be deducted,” the minister said. “In this way, a Christmas bonus will be given before Christmas to all our fellow citizens who really need it.”
The minister said the effort was to also pay recipients the GMI before Christmas.
No extra paperwork would have to be filled for the Christmas supplement, the minister said.