And during a year of pandemic-related turmoil, many more will find themselves opting out of financial aid after businesses shut down and jobs are laid off.
However, there is one little thing to look forward to for these people.
In the spirit of Christmas, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed it will give claimants a bonus of £ 10 in December.
While it’s not a huge amount, it could make a big difference to people who are worried about money during the holiday season.
According to Daily check-in, this is a one-time, tax-free £ 10 payment that is made before Christmas and paid out to people who receive certain benefits during the qualifying week – normally the first full week in December.
This means applicants can expect a Christmas “bonus” anytime between December 7th and December 13th.
And the best part is, you don’t even need to make a claim – it should automatically go to the account you usually receive your benefits from and will appear as «DWP XB» on your bank statement.
AT qualify for the Christmas bonus you must reside in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland during the qualifying week, 7-13 December.
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You must also have at least one of the following benefits:
- Payment for the independence of the armed forces
- Attendance allowance
- Caregiver allowance
- Constant attendance allowance (paid under the work accident or war pensions schemes)
- Contribution-based employment and support allowance (once the main phase of the benefit has entered after the first 13 weeks of application)
- Disabled allowance
- Long-term rate disability benefit
- Industrial death benefit (for widows or widowers)
- Mobility supplement
- Pension credit – the guarantee element
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- State pension (including progressive retirement benefit)
- Critical disability benefit (transitional protection)
- Unemployment supplement or allowance (paid under employment accident or war pension schemes)
- State retirement age war invalidity pension
- War widow’s pension
- Widowed mother’s allowance
- Widowed parent’s allowance
- Widow’s pension
If you have not claimed your state pension and are not entitled to any of the other eligible benefits, you will not receive a Christmas bonus.
If you are in a married couple, civil partnership, or live together as if you were and both received one of the qualifying benefits, you will each receive a Christmas bonus.