Universal Credit claimants are set for a small boost this Christmas, as some are eligible for a bonus in December. Here are the details to find out if you can claim.
Who is eligible for the Christmas Bonus?
Those claiming the following benefits during the December pay week are eligible:
Armed Forces Independence 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)
Pension Credit – the guarantee element
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
State Pension (including Graduated Retirement Benefit)
Severe Disablement Allowance (transitionally protected)
Unemployability Supplement or Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
War Disablement Pension at State Pension age
War Widow’s Pension
Widowed Mother’s Allowance
Widowed Parent’s Allowance
Just because a person is on Universal Credit, does not mean they will be automatically entitled to the bonus. They must meet one of the categories above to claim.
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How to get the Christmas Bonus
Those eligible won’t need to do anything – the money will be automatically transferred in to the same account benefits are usually paid in to.
It may show up with a transaction ID of ‘DWP XB’ on a bank statement.
Anyone who is not eligible will see the usual amount in their account in December.
When will Universal Credit be paid in December?
With the festive period approaching, some people may wonder whether their benefits payments will be affected.
Some people may be due a payment on the 25th or 26th of the month, however in December, these dates will be bank holidays.
This means that the payment should be made on the first working day prior – the 24th.
Into January, some people may have been due to be paid on the first of the month, however this is New Years’ Day and therefore the payment is set to be made before this bank holiday.
Universal Credit December payment dates:
Payment due: Wednesday, December 25. Payment sent: Tuesday, December 24.
Payment due: Thursday, December 26. Payment sent: Tuesday, December 24.
Payment due: Saturday, December 28. Payment sent: Friday, December 27.
Payment due: Sunday, December 29. Payment sent: Friday, December 27.
Payment due: Wednesday, January 1. Payment sent: Tuesday, December 31.