There could be a Christmas present from the Department of Work and Pensions this year as people who claim benefits and pensions could recieve an additional £10.
Known as the ‘Christmas Bonus’, the sum is a one-off tax-free £10 payment made before Christmas Day for people who get certain benefits in the qualifying week.
But because it is a bonus, the payment will be affected by any other benefits you get already and so will be sent to the claimant’s account that receives benefit payments.
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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 reports Lancashire Live.
You must also get at least one of the following benefits in the ‘qualifying week’ – this is normally the first full week of December:
- 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
This bonus does not need to be directly ‘claimed’.
It should be given to anyone eligible automatically and anyone who believes they should get it but has not can contact the Jobcentre Plus office that deals with your payments or the Pension Service.
The bonus is also given to each individual regardless if they are married or partnered to another eligible claimant.
If you’re part of a married couple, in a civil partnership or living together as if you are and you both get one of the qualifying benefits you’ll each get a Christmas Bonus payment.
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If your partner or civil partner does not get one of the qualifying benefits, they may still get the Christmas Bonus if both the following apply:
- you’re both over State Pension age by the end of the qualifying week
- your partner or civil partner was also present (or ‘ordinarily resident’) in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland during the qualifying week
- 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
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