People with universal credit, pension and benefits to receive Christmas bonus


The Department for Work and Pensions wants people on welfare to pay a Christmas bonus this year – an annual top-up to pay for the holiday season.

The bonus this year, which is £ 10 like last year, can be a small consolation for people who will be losing £ 20 a week from next month onwards.

The reduction will take place if additional payments to people with universal credit are suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the end of a year when money will be tighter than ever, the extra £ 10 will be welcome for those with PIP and Universal Credit, reports The Express.

The Christmas Bonus website states: “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.

“You don’t have to make any claims – you should get paid automatically.”

The extra cash doesn’t affect any other benefits you get.

It goes to the usual account you use to make your payments and may appear on your bank statement as DWP XB.

To receive a Christmas Bonus you must be present or habitually resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week.

In addition, during the “qualifying week” – which is usually the first full week of December – you must have at least one of the following:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Care allowance
  • Dependency
  • Child benefit in the event of disability
  • 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)
  • Disabled Life Support
  • 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.

You don’t have to claim the Christmas bonus – you get it automatically.

If you think you should get it but you didn’t, contact the Jobcenter Plus office that handles your payments or the Pension Service.

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