Full list of people who should’ve been given Christmas bonus from DWP this year

The Department for Work and Pensions pay out a completely tax-free bonus to some people every Christmas.

Some Brits who have claimed help from the Government in what has been a tricky, to say the least, 2020, will have been paid an extra sum of cash – but some may have been missed when they should have had it.

Thousands of households should be paid the one-off payment, which drops automatically into bank accounts, The Daily Record reported.

The payment, of £10, is made before Christmas and paid to people who are in receipt of certain benefits in the qualifying week.

That week is usually the first full one of December, meaning claimants should have been paid the bonus between December 7 and 13.

The DWP said: "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.

"You don’t need to claim – you should get paid automatically."

Claimants didn't need to do anything to get the cash – it should have automatically been paid into the account you usually receive your benefit payments and shows as "DWP XB" on your bank statement.

To qualify for the Christmas Bonus you must be living in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland during the qualifying week, December 7 – 13.

You must also be receiving at least one of the following benefits:


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  • 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

According to The Daily Record, if you haven’t claimed your State Pension and aren’t entitled to one of the other benefits then sadly you will not be in line for the £10 payment.

If you’re married, in a civil partnership or living together as if you are and you both qualify then you’ll both get the 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:

  • you’re both over State Pension age by the end of the qualifying week
  • your partner or civil partner was also living in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland during the qualifying week
  • 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

If you think you should get it, but didn’t receive it , contact the Jobcentre Plus office or pension centre that deals with your payments.

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