Universal Credit, PIP & State Pension claimants start to get Christmas Bonus – eligibility

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Christmas is a time of celebration for many people, particularly after the challenging year experienced, and the DWP is issuing an additional payment to a whole host of Britons. The Christmas Bonus is a one-off tax free payment which is issued to Britons during the festive season. Individuals can choose to do what they wish with this sum, which could be useful during the festive season.

The government website has explained the Christmas Bonus is usually issued in the first full week of December.

As such, a number of people have already reported the Christmas Bonus payment hitting their bank account.

To receive the Christmas Bonus, however, Britons must fulfil certain eligibility criteria outlined by the DWP.

Individuals must have been present or ordinarily resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Switzerland or any European Economic Area country during the qualifying week.

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The ‘qualifying week’ is deemed to be the first full week of December, which will potentially unlock the sum for millions of people.

Britons must also be in receipt of certain benefits or payments from the government which are outlined in full on the official website.

However, well-known payments include the state pension, Universal Credit, PIP and Carer’s Allowance. 

Others who will be entitled include recipients of Disability Living Allowance, Pension Credit, Attendance Allowance and Mobility Supplement. 


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It is worth noting, though, that Britons who have not claimed their state pension and are not entitled to any of the other eligible benefits will not receive a Christmas Bonus.

The Christmas Bonus is a one-off payment of £10 to provide an additional sum to those who are eligible.

The bonus does not affect any other benefits a person receives, and so people should not be hesitant at accepting the sum.

It will be paid into a bank or building society account of a person’s choice, and may show up as ‘DWP XB’.

This should be the account that a person usually gets their qualifying benefit sum paid into. 

The payment will be automatic, and so Britons will not need to take any further action in order to receive it.

However, some may not have received the bonus, and may be wondering why.

If an individual did not get the Christmas Bonus paid, but they believe they should have, they are encouraged to take action.

They should contact the Jobcentre Plus office or pension centre which deals with their payments to find out more. 

If a person is part of a married couple, in a civil partnership, or living with their partner and they both receive one of the qualifying benefits, they will each get a Christmas Bonus payment.

However, if a partner or civil partner does not receive one of the qualifying benefits, the government has explained a Christmas Bonus may still be attainable if both the following apply

  • both partners are over state pension age by the end of the qualifying week
  • a person’s partner or civil partner was also present in the eligible locations during the qualifying week

and either

  • the only qualifying benefit a person is receiving is Pension Credit
  • a person is entitled to an increase of a qualifying benefit for their partner or civil partner.

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