DWP announces bonus payment for millions this year – full list of benefits

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Each year, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) provides a one-off cash tax-free bonus for people who get certain benefits in the qualifying week.

Eligible benefits include Attendance Allowance, Pension Credit, PIP, state pension and many more.

The Christmas Bonus is a one-off tax-free £10 payment made before Christmas. This is normally the first full week of December.

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

All benefits, pensions and allowances are normally paid into an account, such as their bank account.

It may show up as ‘DWP XB’ on their bank statement.

Claimants must also get at least one of the following benefits in the ‘qualifying week’:

  • Adult Disability Payment
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Disability Payment
  • 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

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If someone has not claimed their state pension and is not entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits, they will not get a Christmas Bonus.

If someone doesn’t currently get benefits but thinks they might be eligible, it might be worth checking so that they can get the bonus £10 payment.

Britons can do this using a benefits calculator on the Government website.

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A spokesperson for the DWP told the Daily Record: “If you have not claimed your state pension and are not entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits you will not get a Christmas Bonus.

“If you’re part of a married couple, in a civil partnership or living together and you both get one of the qualifying benefits you will each get a Christmas Bonus payment.”

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