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What does DWP XB mean?

MILLION claimants may notice a mysterious DWP XB payment on their bank statements this month.

It represents a Christmas bonus, as people claiming Universal Credit and other benefits get paid extra during the holiday season – we explain everything you need to know.

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Claimants will receive this month’s Christmas bonusCredit: Getty

What does DWP XB mean?

The government introduced an extra bonus to benefit those claiming to help with Christmas expenses in December.

DWP XB is how the payment will show up on your bank statement.

DWP stands for Department for W welfare and retirement – the government agency that handles benefits – and XB stands for Xmas Bonus.

How much Christmas bonus will I get?

Those eligible for the Christmas bonus will receive a one-time payment of £10.

This will not affect any of your other benefits and you will continue to receive your benefits as normal.

It’s not a huge bonus but can come in handy around Christmas, especially when the cost of living has skyrocketed.

The extra money could also be useful to Britons, who have been struggling since General credit increase of £20 a week was deported in October.

Although, in a win for The Sun, half a million working Britons will receive an extra £1,000 a year through Universal Credit after the shrinkage rate is cut.

But with cost of living increases, any extra money will be received by families this Christmas.

Who can get the Christmas bonus?

To receive the Christmas Bonus, you must be present or ‘normally resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week – i.e. the first week of December.

You must also claim at least one of the following benefits that week:

  • Independent Payment to the Armed Forces
  • Attendance allowance
  • Carer allowance
  • Payment for children with disabilities
  • Continuity of Attendance Allowance (paid under Industrial Injury or War Pension scheme)
  • Employment Allowance and Contribution-based Support (after the main benefit period is introduced after the first 13 weeks of claims)
  • Disability living allowance
  • Loss of work capacity Long-term Proportional Benefit
  • Industrial Death Benefit (for widows or widowers)
  • Mobile supplement
  • Retirement credit – guarantee factor
  • Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
  • State Retirement (including Graduated Retirement Benefits)
  • Severe disability benefits (transitional protection)
  • Unemployment Allowance or Allowance (paid under Industrial Injury or War Pension)
  • State Pension Age War Injury Benefit
  • War Widow’s Pension
  • Allowance of widowed mother
  • Allowance of widowed parents
  • Widow’s allowance

If you have not claimed your State Benefit and are not entitled to one of the other eligible benefits, you will not receive the Christmas Bonus.

When will I receive my Christmas bonus?

Payments are made to people who are claiming benefits during the first full week of December, starting today.

This means claimants will start receiving more funds directly into their bank accounts from today.

You don’t need to claim the Christmas Bonus – you will receive it automatically.

But if you think you should get it, but don’t, contact Jobcentre Plus Office deal with your payments or Retirement Service.

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Bobby Allyn

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