DWP: Universal Credit, PIP, and state pension applicants retired on Christmas bonuses


This year, beneficiaries will receive a Christmas bonus from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Christmas Bonus is a one-time tax-free payment of £ 10 before Christmas given to individuals who receive certain benefits during the qualifying week.

This is usually the first full week of December.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are usually transferred to an account, such as your bank account.

It may appear as “DWP XB” on your bank statement.

Who is entitled to the € 10 Christmas bonus?

To qualify for that Christmas bonus You must live in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland during the qualifying week, December 6-12, reports Daily Record.

DWP will notify eligible applicants in writing that they will receive the £ 10 bonus in early December.

What is the Christmas bonus and how do you get it?

You must also receive at least one of the following benefits:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Care allowance
  • Dependency
  • Long-term care allowance (paid out as part of industrial accident or war pension systems)
  • Contribution-based employment and support allowance (when entering the main phase of benefits after the first 13 weeks of entitlement)
  • Disability allowance (DLA)
  • Long-term disability pension
  • Unemployment benefit (for widows or widowers)
  • Mobility allowance
  • Annuity loan – the element of guarantee
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • State pension (including tiered old-age pension)
  • Severely handicapped allowance (temporarily protected)
  • Unemployment allowance or allowance (paid out under industrial accident or war pension schemes)
  • War disability pension at state retirement age
  • War widow’s pension
  • Widowed mother’s allowance
  • Parental allowance for widowed parents
  • Widow’s pension

If you have not received your state pension and are not entitled to any of the other qualifying benefits, you will not receive a Christmas bonus.

If you live together as a married couple, in a registered civil partnership or as a married couple and both receive one of the creditable benefits, you will each receive a Christmas bonus.

If your partner or life partner does not receive any of the eligible benefits, he or she can still receive the Christmas bonus if both apply:

  • Both of you have exceeded the statutory retirement age at the end of the eligible week
  • Your partner or domestic partner also lived in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland during the qualifying week

and either:

  • You are entitled to an increase in an eligible benefit for your life partner or life partner
  • the only qualifying benefit you will receive is the annuity credit

So you claim

You don’t have to claim the Christmas bonus, the DWP pays it out automatically.

If you think you should get it but you haven’t got it, contact them Jobcenter Plus office or Pension center who takes care of your payments.

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