DWP update: Universal Credit claimants set to receive a Christmas boost – are you?

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The Christmas bonus could help many families this winter period, especially after the withdrawal of the £20 weekly uplift from Universal Credit which affected so many people. The Christmas Bonus is a one-off tax-free £10 payment made before Christmas, paid to people who get certain benefits in the qualifying week.

This is normally the first full week of December.

People do not need to claim this, it should get paid automatically.

This is bonus is not just for those people who receive Universal Credit, though, as people who qualify for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Jobseeker’s Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and other payments also qualify for this £10 boost.

Receiving the Christmas Bonus will not impact any other benefits you get.

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The £10 Christmas bonus will appear on bank statements as ‘DWP XB’, the Department for Work and Pensions have explained.

To receive the Christmas Bonus you have to be resident in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week.

For those who are living abroad in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, they will have to look into benefits for UK nationals in the EU, EEA and Switzerland.

People must also receive at least one of the following benefits in the qualifying week in order to qualify:

• 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

If people have not claimed their State Pension and are not entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits, they will not get a Christmas Bonus.

If people think they qualify, but have not done so before, they can contact the Jobcentre Plus office that deals with their payments or the Pension Service.

People in married couples, civil partnerships or living together as if they can both get a Christmas Bonus payment if they both get one of the qualifying benefits.

If someone’s partner or civil partner does not get one of the qualifying benefits, they may still get the Christmas Bonus.

They can still get the Christmas Bonus if they are both over State Pension age by the end of the qualifying week.

Also, if their 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.

and either:

• 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 boost will give claimants a £10 boost.

This is will be recieved in Decemeber.

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