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Benefits claimants set for Christmas bonus from DWP

written by Bella Palmer
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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

Benefits claimants will receive a Christmas bonus this year from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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.

The DWP will write to eligible claimants advising them that they will be receiving the £10 bonus early in December.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are normally paid into an account of a person’s choosing, such as a bank account, building society and credit union account.

The DWP has explained the matter, saying people should look out for a key sign on a bank statement. The bonus should appear as ‘DWP XB’.

To get the Christmas Bonus, however, there will need to be certain eligibility criteria for a person to meet. Thankfully, this is not too stringent, meaning many people can benefit.

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 6 - 12, reports Daily Record.

The qualifying week is particularly important for the Christmas Bonus as this secures eligibility. The DWP has confirmed that this is the first full week of December.

This unfortunately means those who are expats living abroad might not be able to benefit in this way. Those who live in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland are encouraged to contact the Government about the matter.

Those who have not claimed their State Pension and aren’t entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits, they won’t get a Christmas Bonus.

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