What is a Christmas Bonus?
A Christmas Bonus is a one-off tax free £10 payment which is made before Christmas to people who receive certain benefits. The payment does not affect any other benefits that you receive.
How a Christmas Bonus is paid
As with your usual benefits, pensions and allowances, your Christmas Bonus will be paid into your bank account.
To qualify for a Christmas Bonus you must be a resident in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, any European Economic Area or Switzerland, specifically during the qualifying week.
You must also get one of the following benefits during this time:
- Armed forces independence payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Contribution based Employment and Support Allowance
- Disability living allowance
- Incapacity benefit (long term rate)
- Industrial death benefit (for widows)
- Mobility supplement
- Pension credit (guaranteed element)
- Personal independence payment (PIP)
- State pension
- Severe disablement allowance
- Unemployability supplement
- War disablement pension
- War widow’s pension
- Widowed mother’s allowance
- Widowed parent’s allowance
- Widow’s pension
If you haven’t claimed your State Pension and you don’t get any other benefits, you won’t qualify for the Christmas Bonus.
Claiming your Christmas Bonus
You don’t need to put a claim in to get your Christmas Bonus, you should receive it automatically. If you think you should have received it, but you haven’t, you should contact your local Job Centre as soon as possible.
If you’re in a couple
If you are part of a married couple, in a civil partnership or living together and you both receive at least one of the qualifying benefits, you’ll both get a Christmas Bonus payment.
If your partner doesn’t get one of the qualifying benefits, they may still be eligible for a Christmas Bonus if you are both over state pension age by the end of the qualifying week, or your partner was also a resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, EEA countries or Switzerland during the qualifying week, and either you are entitled to an increase of a qualifying benefit for your partner or civil partner, or the only qualifying benefit you’re getting is pension credit.