Thousands of Brits set for DWP Christmas bonus to hit bank accounts from Monday

Thousands of Brits in receipt of certain government benefits will get a tax-free bonus of £10 this Christmas.

The extra support is available to people already claiming Carer's Allowance, Pension Credits or other schemes.

This £10 is paid to people who received financial aid in the first full week of December and it won't affect other entitlements.

It may only be a small amount but it could help Brits who are trying to put money away this Christmas.

Benefits, pensions and allowances usually got into the account of a person's bank, building society or credit union account.

The DWP has explained the bonus should appear as "DWP XB" on your bank statements.

To be eligible for the bonus you must have been present or a resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar.

It should be during the qualifying week which is important for the Christmas Bonus as this secures eligibility.

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
  • 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 your other half doesn't get one of the qualifying benefits, they could still get an extra payment if:

  • You're both over State Pension age by the end of the first full week in December
  • You're both a resident of the qualifying regions by the end of the first full week in December
  • 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 Bonus should automatically be transferred into the bank account your benefits are normally paid into.

If you haven't got it, and think you should have, contact your work coach or your nearest Jobcentre Plus or pension centre.

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