Universal Credit claimants around the country are due for some extra financial help this year thanks to a Christmas welfare bonus.
A spokesman from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed to Mirror Money that the payment would go ahead next month.
While the cash won’t pay off your whole festive spend, the £10 extra will get families some nice little extras.
And, it’s totally tax free.
The extra money is available to people who claim a number of different benefits including carer’s allowance and pensions credit.
The cash is usually paid to benefits claimants in the first full week of December and it won’t affect any other entitlements you have.
So, the payment won’t be considered part of your income at a Universal Credit assessment.
You can claim the bonus if you live in the UK, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, a European Economic Area country or Switzerland when the payment is due.
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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if you are on Universal Credit but don’t claim one of the above then you won’t automatically get the £10 payment.
The DWP site said: “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.”
Couples who both qualify will get £20 between them.
If your partner doesn’t get any of the above benefits then they may still get the 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 be automatically transferred into your account.
It will show up as “DWP XB” on your bank statement.
If you qualify, but don’t receive it, then contact Jobcentre Plus or a pension centre.
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