This is an important week for some benefits claimants who could get a tax-free bonus of £10 for Christmas from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Although it may only be £10, every penny counts in the run up to the Christmas festivities.
To qualify you need to be already claiming benefits such as Carer’s Allowance or Pension Credits but you can see the full list below
And you have to be in receipt of the financial aid in the first full week of December to qualify for the bonus.
Payments will start to arrive from Monday and won’t affect any other entitlements, reports The Mirror.
To be eligible for the bonus you must have been present or a resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week concerned this year.
The qualifying week is very important for the Christmas Bonus as this secures eligibility. The DWP said that this is the first full week of December.
Sadly this means expats living abroad might not be able to benefit. Those who live in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland are encouraged to contact the government about the matter.
Benefits, pensions and allowances usually go into an account of a person’s choosing – like a bank account, building society and credit union account.
The DWP has explained that the bonus should appear as ‘DWP XB’ on your bank statements.
Here are the benefits you need to be claiming in the first full week of December to automatically qualify:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- 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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