Justin Tomlinson gets questioned on PIP assessments
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PIP claimants, so long as they are present or "ordinarily resident" in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week, will get a £10 Christmas bonus next month. The automatic payment should be deposited directly into the same account as one's usual PIP benefits, but who is eligible? What’s more, what should a person do if they don’t receive it?
PIP is a state benefit to help with the additional living costs of having a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability which makes it difficult to perform everyday tasks.
Those who meet the eligibility criteria can claim PIP even if they are working, have savings or claim other benefits.
People who claim multiple benefits eligible for the £10 Christmas bonus will only receive one bonus.
PIP payments are separated into two categories: daily living for those that need help with everyday tasks and mobility for those that need assistance to get around.
PIP claimants should automatically receive the tax-free Christmas bonus in December (Image: GETTY)
The amount paid and whether one receives one or both of the benefits will depend on the level of difficulty they are assessed to have by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
One should consider applying for PIP if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Aged 16 or over but under state pension age
- Have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability
- Have difficulty doing certain daily tasks or issues with mobility
- These difficulties are expected to last for at least 12 months from when they started
PIP can be received alongside a variety of other benefits except for Armed Forces Independence Payment.
To apply for PIP, one must usually have been living in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years and be living in one of these countries when applying.
Those living abroad in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will only be able to receive the daily living part of PIP and those living abroad should check the Gov.uk website for insight on whether they will be able to receive the Christmas bonus.
The Disability Living Allowance benefit is slowly being replaced by PIP but claimants will continue receiving DLA if they are under 16 or born before April 8, 1948.
The annual tax-free Christmas bonus is due to be paid in the first full week of December, which will commence on December 6 this year.
The Christmas bonus was first instated in the 1970’s and has not changed since (Image: GETTY)
To be eligible for the £10, one must be receiving at least one of the following benefits in the "qualifying week":
Child Disability Payment
Disability Living Allowance
Pension Credit – the guarantee element
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
War Widow's Pension
This is not a comprehensive list, a full list of eligible benefits can be found on the Gov.uk website.
Couples who are both receiving one of the eligible benefits should each get the £10 bonus.
The bonus should be automatically paid into the account where one usually receives their benefit payments.
Anyone who believes they are eligible but has not received the payment is advised to contact the Jobcentre Plus office or the Pension Service.
PIP claimants are advised to contact the Jobcentre Plus office that deals with their regular payments if they do not receive the bonus.
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