Thousands of welfare recipients can receive a Christmas bonus from the Department for Work and Pensions this year.
The one-time tax-free payment of £ 10 is made before Christmas to people with certain benefits during the qualification week – normally the first full week of December, the Daily Record reports.
That means that claimants can expect their Christmas bonus anytime between December 7th and December 13th.
In addition, it should be automatically deposited into the account on which you usually receive your benefits.
It is displayed as ‘DWP XB’ on your bank statement.
To qualify for the Christmas bonus You must live in the UK, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, a country of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland during the qualification week of December 7-13.
You must also receive at least one of the following:
- Independence payment from the armed forces
- Attendance Allowance
- Attendant allowance
- Constant attendance allowance (paid under occupational accident or war pension schemes)
- Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (once the main phase of the benefit has commenced after the first 13 weeks of application)
- Compensation for incapacity for work
- Long-term disability benefit
- Work death benefit (for widows or widowers)
- Mobility supplement
- Pension credit – the guarantee element
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- State pension (including graduated pension)
- Serious disability benefit (temporarily protected)
- Unemployment benefit or benefit (paid under industrial accident or war pension schemes)
- War disability pension at state pension age
- War Widow’s Inn
- Maternity allowance for widow
- Parent’s allowance for widow
- Widow’s pension
If you have not applied for your AOW and are not entitled to any of the other eligible benefits, you will unfortunately not receive a Christmas bonus.
But there is good news for couples. If you are part of a married couple, are in a civil partnership, or live together as if you were, and you both receive one of the eligible benefits, you will each receive a Christmas bonus.
However, even if your partner or registered partner does not receive any of the relevant benefits, he / she can still receive the Christmas bonus if you both exceed the state pension age at the end of the qualification week – or if your (registered) partner also resides in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, the country of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland during that week.
But in addition, you must either be entitled to an increase in an eligible benefit for your (registered) partner or the only eligible benefit you will receive is a pension supplement.
How do you claim?
Do not you worry. Officials say you don’t have to claim the Christmas bonus. Instead, the DWP it pays out automatically.