Updated 9th April 2017
The UK Christmas Bonus is a single tax-free payment of £10.00. The payment of benefits Christmas bonus is made before Christmas and is available for people who get one of the qualifying benefits in the qualifying week. The qualifying week is normally classed as the first full week of December. Providing you are eligible to receive this DWP Christmas Bonus Benefit, it will happen automatically with no need for you to claim.
The Christmas Bonus does not affect in any way, any of the other benefits you may be receiving.
It is paid – as are all benefits nowadays – into a bank or other acceptable account
How the Christmas Bonus is paid to you.
All benefits, pensions and allowances are normally paid direct into your bank account, your building society account or into your Credit Union current account
To get a DWP Christmas Bonus you must be living in or ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland during the first week of December which is the qualifying week.
During that ‘qualifying week, (First week of December) you must also be getting one of the following benefits….The list of benefits that qualify you for the Christmas Bonus 2107 are unchanged from previous years and are listed below.
Christmas bonus for pensioners. If you haven’t claimed your State Pension and aren’t entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits you won’t get a Christmas Bonus.
There is no need to claim – you will get it automatically providing you meet one of the requirements listed above.
If you do not receive it – and you think you should have – by qualifying as above – then contact your local Jobcentre Plus or you normal Pension Office.
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 both receive the Christmas Bonus payment.
If your partner or civil partner doesn’t get one of the qualifying benefits, they may still get the Christmas Bonus if both the following apply:
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