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DWP Christmas Bonus payments should have arrived by now - what to do if they have not

Daily Express logo Daily Express 25.12.2021 13:33:13 Connor Coombe-Whitlock
Christmas Bonuses

The DWP issues a one-off tax free Christmas Bonus of £10 to benefit claimants across the UK. These payments should have been made before today and some claimants may need to act.

Eligible recipients would have got the payment if they were claiming certain benefits in the "qualifying week". This should have been the first full week of December.

So long as a claimant was eligible, they would not have needed to make a claim, they should have been paid automatically.

To be eligible for the payment, a person would have needed to claim at least one of a range of state benefits. This includes PIP, state pension or Pension Credit.

However, these payments should have arrived by now and if a claimant has not received it, but thinks they should have, they will need to contact a jobcentre Plus office or the Pension Service for help.

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It should be noted if a claimant is part of a married couple, in a civil partnership or living together as if they are and they both get one of the qualifying benefits they'll each get a Christmas Bonus payment.

If a claimant's partner or civil partner does not get one of the qualifying benefits, they may still get the Christmas Bonus if they're both over state pension age by the end of the qualifying week and, the partner or civil partner was also present (or "ordinarily resident") in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland during the qualifying week.

They'll also need to either be entitled to an increase of a qualifying benefit for a partner or civil partner or, have the only qualifying benefit they're getting being Pension Credit.

To keep an eye out for the payment, claimants should look for "DWP XB" within their bank statements.

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The Christmas bonus is not the only additional support claimants can receive this winter. In late September, the Government announced the launch of a £500million support scheme to help vulnerable households through a costly winter.

This scheme was designed to help vulnerable households across the country who need help with essential costs as inflation and energy bills rise. The new Household Support Fund can help families in England and the money will be distributed by councils in England, who know their local areas best and can directly help those who need it most, including for example, through small grants to meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities.

The cash became available to local authorities in October and is expected to continue up until March 2022.

The Government also noted families will also continue to benefit from the energy price cap, recent rise in Local Housing Allowance and increases in the National Living Wage.

Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, welcomes the launch at the time.

"Over the last year, we have helped millions of people provide for their families," she said.

"Many are now back on their feet but we know that some may still need further support. Our targeted Household Support Fund is here to help those vulnerable households with essential costs as we push through the last stages of our recovery from the pandemic."

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, shared similar sentiment.

"Everyone should be able to afford the essentials, and we are committed to ensuring that is the case," he said.

"Our new Household Support Fund will provide a lifeline for those at risk of struggling to keep up with their bills over the winter, adding to the support the Government is already providing to help people with the cost of living."

A full list of Individual local authority indicative allocations can be found on the Government's website.

It should be noted there are certain benefits available to Britons specifically for the winter months and many will be available into the spring. Cold Weather Payments can be issued to those in receipt of certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest.

Eligible recipients will get a payment if the average temperature in their area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days. Where this is applicable, claimants will get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather up until March 31.

Retirees born on or before September 26 1955 could get between £100 and £300 to help them pay their heating bills. This is known as a "Winter Fuel Payment". Claimants will get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if they're eligible and either get the state pension or get another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit). The deadline for Winter Fuel Payment claims also falls on March 31.

Full details on these winter benefits and other forms of support can be found on the Government's website. Additionally, impartial guidance can be sought from the likes of Citizens Advice or Money Helper.

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