The Christmas Universal Credit Bonus will start arriving in bank accounts next week

MILLION people on benefits will get a £10 boost in time for Christmas, with payments due as early as next week.

The government said Payment of Christmas Bonus Usually done in the first week of December.

Christmas bonus payments coming next week


Christmas bonus payments coming next weekCredit: Alamy

The beneficiaries of certain benefits will receive the payment and it will be paid automatically without you having to ask for it.

The extra amount will be those above General Credit.

Many people have struggled since £20 a week increase was cut 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.

However, with a cost of living reduced start to do well, all the excess money will be received by families on Christmas this year.

Here’s what you need to know about Christmas Bonus payments.

Am I eligible?

To get the Christmas Rewards, you will need to receive one of the following benefits as well as Common Credits.

Payments are made during the so-called qualifying week, which is usually the first full week of December.

The first day of December is this Wednesday, which means next week is the first full week of the month.

  • 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)
  • War Injury Benefit at State Pension
  • War Widow’s Pension
  • Allowance of widowed mother
  • Allowance of widowed parents
  • Widow’s allowance

To be eligible, as well as receive one of the benefits above, you must also live in or be a resident of one of the following:

  • England
  • Channel Islands
  • Isle of Man
  • Gibraltar
  • Switzerland
  • Any country in the European Economic Area (EEA)

If you are married, in a civil partnership or living with one partner, both of you will receive the bonus if you qualify.

This is a one-time payment, tax free and does not affect the amount of benefit you receive.

However, if you don’t get one of the eligible benefits, you may still be able to get a payment if you’re over state pension age.

You don’t need to do anything to claim the bonus, it will be paid out automatically – but keep an eye on your account to make sure you get it.

On your bank statement, the payment will show as made by DWP XB.

If you think you’re eligible but haven’t received it, you can contact your local Jobcentre Plus or Retirement Service.

Please note that during the Christmas period, your benefits may not be paid on weekdays because bank holiday.

This year, Christmas falls on a Saturday, so the following Monday and Tuesday – December 27 and 28 – are bank holidays.

That means benefits like Universal Credit, state pension and tax credits are likely to be paid out early.

Martin Lewis urges anyone claiming Universal Credit to start helping with account savings

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