Thousands of people in receipt of certain government benefits will get a tax-free bonus of £10 this Christmas – with payments to arrive from Monday.
The £10 is typically paid to people who received financial aid in the first full week of December, and won’t affect any other entitlements you have.
It may only be £10, but it could be very much appreciated by anyone counting the pennies this winter.
Is the extra £10 enough to help families over Christmas? Let us know in the comments below
Benefits, pensions and allowances usually go into an account of a person's choosing – like a bank account, building society and credit union account.
The DWP has explained that the bonus should appear as 'DWP XB' on your bank statements.
To be eligible for the bonus you must have been present or a resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week concerned this year.
The qualifying week is very important for the Christmas Bonus as this secures eligibility. The DWP said that this is the first full week of December.
Sadly this means expats living abroad might not be able to benefit. Those who live in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland are encouraged to contact the government about the matter.
Here are the benefits you need to be claiming in the first full week of December to automatically qualify:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer's Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
- Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (once the main phase of the benefit is entered after the first 13 weeks of claim)
- Disability Living Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit at the long-term rate
- Industrial Death Benefit (for widows or widowers)
- Mobility Supplement
- Pension Credit – the guarantee element
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- State Pension (including Graduated Retirement Benefit)
- Severe Disablement Allowance (transitionally protected)
- Unemployability Supplement or Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
- War Disablement Pension at State Pension age
- War Widow's Pension
- Widowed Mother's Allowance
- Widowed Parent's Allowance
- Widow's Pension
Couples who both qualify will both get the extra payment.
If your other half doesn’t get one of the qualifying benefits, they could still get an extra payment if:
- You’re both over State Pension age by the end of the first full week in December,
- You’re both a resident of the qualifying regions by the end of the first full week in December,
- You’re entitled to an increase of a qualifying benefit for your partner or civil partner,
- The only qualifying benefit you’re getting is Pension Credit.
The Christmas Bonus should automatically be transferred into the bank account your benefits are normally paid into – showing up as “DWP XB” on your bank statement.
If you haven’t got it, and think you should have, contact your work coach or your nearest Jobcentre Plus or pension centre.
- How to Open a Health Savings Account
- Lawsuit Reveals Deutsche Bank Probe of Ties to Russian Ministers
- I'm Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime
- South Africa: Reserve Bank Governor Kganyago, a Voice of Reason Amid a Political Cacophony
- Tanzania: Regulation On Bad Debts Starts to Hurt Banks in Tanzania
- Mining stocks lift ASX as major banks fall
- Top stocks in focus today: ICICI Bank, SBI, PNB, Cipla, IDBI Bank, PVR
- How China could hit the U.S. where it hurts
- Turkey, Brexit, Denmark: Your Monday Briefing
- NOCAL Saga: Bonuses Not Unique To Liberia State-Owned Enterprises – Rob Sirleaf
- Libya: As Security Council Imposes Sanctions On 6 Human Traffickers in Libya, UN Chief Calls for More Accountability
- Egypt: Shoukry Holds Talks Monday With UN Envoy to Syria
- South Africa: Anderson Starts Wimbledon Against Qualifier
- Kenya: Sh7 Billion Scandal Hits Health Ministry
- Nigeria/Congo-Kinshasa: Congo Arrive Ahead of Monday's Friendly With Eagles
- Kenya: Heavy Rains Expected From Monday
- Nigeria: How Nigerians Can Use Technology to Ensure Accountability in Government
- Emerging Asia hit by biggest foreign investor exodus since 2008
- South Africa: Joburg Housing Department Starts Process of Allocating Prefabricated Units to Wembley Residents
- Tunisia: 2018 Baccalaureate Exam Starts
DWP Christmas bonuses to start hitting bank accounts from Monday - see if you qualify have 730 words, post on www.mirror.co.uk at December 4, 2021. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.