PIP claimants to get Christmas bonus this week – who exactly should expect top up?

Personal Independence Payment: Advice on how to claim

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The bonus is paid to anyone who qualifies for certain benefits including PIP, Pension Credit and Carer’s Allowance and will be paid to millions of cash-strapped Britons this festive season.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed when Christmas payments will be made as well as who will receive the £10 annual Christmas bonus.

The date benefit payments are usually made tends to change slightly over the festive season because of bank holidays.

It will mean that most people will be paid slightly earlier than usual with the £10 bonus made at some point this week.

Those who qualify will receive it automatically into their bank account and should look out for it over the next few days.

What date will I receive my benefits?

  • Anyone who would usually receive a payment on Monday, December 27: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24
  • Claimants expecting a payment on Tuesday, December 28: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24
  • Payment due on Wednesday, December 29: Universal Credit claimants will be paid on December 29, all other benefits will be paid on Friday, December 24

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  • Benefits due on Monday, January 3: Payment will be made on Friday, December 31
  • Payment due on Tuesday, January 4: Payment will be made on Friday, December 31 for all Scottish claimants and January 4 for the rest of the UK

Meanwhile, the DWP is also reminding Universal Credit claimants that if they receive two payments from their job in one month they must let their work coach know.

This can happen at Christmas because employers tend to pay workers early.

However, it can mean that Britons receive half their Universal Credit payments so it’s worth flagging now.

The DWP advised: “Monthly-paid Universal Credit claimants who have two payments in one assessment period as a result of an early payment do not need to worry.

“Thanks to changes we made to the rules, they can have the second payment moved to another assessment period.

“This ensures stability for claimants when receiving their benefit.”

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It continued: “When two monthly payments are received in one assessment period claimants should report it to their work coach.”

Meanwhile, the full list of benfits entitled to the Christmas bonus are: Armed Forces Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Child Disability Payment, Constant Attendance Allowance, Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Industrial Death Benefit, Mobility Supplement and Pension Credit.

In addition, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), State Pension, Severe Disablement Allowance, Unemployability Supplement or Allowance, War Disablement Pension at State Pension age, War Widow’s Pension, Widowed Mother’s Allowance, Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Widow’s Pension

To get a Christmas bonus you must be present or ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week, which is normally the first full week of December.

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