PIP, DLA, pension credit: DWP applicants will receive a one-time bonus of £ 10 this Christmas

Eligible applicants who receive benefits and pensions from the Department for Work and Pensions could receive an additional £ 10 this Christmas.

The ‘Christmas bonus’ is a one-off, tax-free payment of £ 10 made before Christmas Day for people who receive certain benefits during the reference week. It is usually the first week of December.

Since this is a premium, the payment will be affected by any other benefits you are already receiving and will be sent to the account of the claimant receiving the benefits.

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To get a Christmas bonus, applicants must be present or ‘habitually resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during qualifying week.

You must also receive at least one of the following benefits during the ‘qualifying week’ – this is normally the first full week in December:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance allowance
  • Care allowance
  • Child disability payment
  • Long-term care allowance (paid under the work accident or war pensions schemes)
  • Contribution-based employment and support allowance (once the main phase of the allowance has entered after the first 13 weeks of application)
  • Disabled allowance
  • 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 phased retirement benefit)
  • Serious invalidity allowance (transitional protection)
  • Unemployment supplement or allowance (paid under employment accident or war pensions schemes)
  • State retirement age war disability pension
  • War widow’s pension
  • Widowed mother’s allowance
  • Widowed parent’s allowance
  • Widow’s pension

This bonus does not need to be directly “claimed”.

It should be given to anyone who is eligible automatically and anyone who thinks they should get it but hasn’t done so can contact the Jobcentre Plus office that takes care of your payments or the Pensions Department.

The bonus is also awarded to each person, whether married or in partnership with another eligible applicant.

If you are part of a married couple, in a civil union or live together as if you were and both receive one of the eligible benefits, you will each receive a Christmas bonus.

If your partner or civil partner does not benefit from one of the eligible services, he can still benefit from the Christmas bonus if the following two conditions apply:

  • you are both over state retirement age at the end of the qualifying week
  • your partner or civil partner was also present (or “ordinarily resident”) in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or in Switzerland during the qualifying week

and either:

  • you are entitled to an increase in a qualifying service for your partner or civil partner
  • the only qualifying benefit you receive is the pension credit

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