Update from the Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit claimants are set to receive a Christmas boost – are you eligible?

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Update from the Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit claimants are set to get a Christmas boost – are you eligible?

THE GOVERNMENT is set to give Universal Credit claimants a much-needed tax break this Christmas.

The Christmas Bonus, a one-off tax-free £10 payment made before Christmas to people who receive certain benefits in the qualifying week, could help many families this winter, especially after the withdrawal of the £20 weekly uplift from Universal Credit, which affected so many people.

The first full week of December is typically when this occurs.

It should not be necessary for people to claim this; it should be paid automatically.

This £10 bonus is available to people who receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Jobseeker’s Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, and other benefits.

You will not lose any of your other benefits if you receive the Christmas Bonus.

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The Department for Work and Pensions has explained that the £10 Christmas bonus will appear on bank statements as ‘DWP XB.’

You must be a resident of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, or Gibraltar during the qualifying week to receive the Christmas Bonus.

Those who live in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland will need to look into benefits available to UK citizens in the EU, EEA, and Switzerland.

In order to qualify, people must receive at least one of the following benefits during the qualifying week:

• 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)

People who have not applied for their State Pension and are not eligible for one of the other qualifying benefits will not receive a Christmas Bonus.

People who believe they qualify but have never done so before are welcome to apply.

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