Thousands of Brits will receive additional Christmas payments in accounts starting Monday


Thousands of DWP beneficiaries are to receive a tax-free bonus before Christmas.

The additional payment of £ 10 will land in accounts from Monday and will not affect any other benefits you receive.

The boost is usually paid out to people in the first full week of December and appears as “DWP XB” on your bank statements.

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DWP will contact eligible applicants to inform them that they will receive the £ 10 bonus.

To qualify for the Christmas Boost, you must live in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland during the qualifying week.

You must also apply for financial assistance from at least one of the following systems:

  • 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 benefit 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.

Couples who both receive one of the qualifying benefits each receive a Christmas bonus payment.

If your partner does not receive any of the qualifying benefits, they can still receive an additional payment if:

  • You are both over the statutory retirement age at the end of the first full week of December,
  • You are both resident in the Qualifying Regions at the end of the first full week of December,
  • 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.

How do I apply for the DWP Christmas bonus?

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

If you think you should get it but don’t get it, contact the Jobcenter Plus office or pension fund that will process your payments.

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