Brits on low incomes who claim certain benefits could be entitled to a Christmas bonus this December.
The cash could help hard up families who have been left struggling after Universal Credit is cut at the end of this month.
Millions will see their monthly payments cut when the £20-a-week pandemic uplift comes to an end from 30 September.
The one-off payment will come just before Christmas to help with the festive period and will total £10, reports the Sun.
The bonus will be tax-free and won’t affect any other benefits you get.
While the cash won’t cover the loss of the recent uplift it is a small amount which could help offset the cost of Christmas – whether that’s your festive dinner or a gift for a loved one.
Before the £20-a-week uplift ends make sure to go to gov.uk and check if you’re eligible for any further benefits to boost your bank account.
To get the Christmas bonus you’ll need to claim Universal Credit alongside one of the following benefits:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Disability Payment
- 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
You need to be in receipt of these benefits during qualifying week – the first week of December.
To qualify you must also be living in either: the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Switzerland or any European Economic Area country.
If you’re eligible the payment should be sent to your account automatically and will be listed as a payment from DWP XB.
If you don’t receive the payment and think you are eligible then contact your local Jobcentre Plus or Pension Centre.
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