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DWP XB Christmas Bonus 2017

How Much Do You Get for Christmas Bonus Benefit? You might know it as the job seekers Christmas Bonus. But £10 DWP Christmas payments go out to almost all claimants who are getting certain benefits during the qualifying week.

JOB SEEKERS CHRISTMAS BONUS: December is the traditional month to get paid an extra solitary tax-free payment of £10.

Find out if you are eligible to receive the one-off UK DWP Christmas Bonus payment and when you could get the money.

Christmas Bonus 2017 Payment Date

As a rule, Xmas bonus 2017 will be an automatic payment. It should go straight into your bank account (like most benefits and allowances).

Those who qualify for the DWP Christmas bonus should get the money before the holiday period. It is usually paid in the first full week of December. The 2017 Xmas bonus will not affect your claim or rights to any other benefits.

Note: The annual Department for Work and Pension gratuity may show up on a bank statement as 'DWP XB'.

DWP Christmas Bonus Eligibility

You must meet several conditions to get the Job Seekers JSA Christmas Bonus. It is only available for individuals who are receiving the qualifying benefits during the week that it is paid. You must also be present in the country or meet United Kingdom residency conditions.

Your eligibility to get DWP Christmas payments 2017 depends on two main factors;

  1. You must be present in the United Kingdom during the qualifying week. Being an 'ordinarily resident' means you could also qualify if you are in another country. They include Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, any country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
  2. You must also be getting at least one of these benefits during the first full week of December (or qualifying week):

Note: You do not get the Benefits Christmas Bonus if you have not claimed your State Pension and are not entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits.

Definition: An Ordinarily Resident is defined officially as a PERSON who is Ordinarily Resident in the United Kingdom and cannot be charged for National Health Service hospital healthcare. Broadly speaking, it means living in the UK on a lawful, voluntary and properly settled basis for the time being.

How to Claim 2017 Benefits Christmas Bonus

As a rule you will receive the Christmas Bonus automatically so you should not need to claim for it. But, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office (or pension center) if you did not get it. It should be the same office that deals with your other benefits entitlement payments.

Updated: January 2017

DWP Christmas Bonus 2017 Advice and Information

What if you are part of a married couple or in a civil partnership (living together as if you are)? In this case you may both get Christmas Bonuses. If each of you receive one of the qualifying benefits in the appropriate week - you get two payments.

Your partner may claim the Christmas Bonus even if they do not get one of the qualifying benefits. But, both of you must be over the State Pension age by the end of the qualifying week. Your partner must be present (or 'ordinarily resident') in the United Kingdom during the qualifying week. On top of that you must either:

  1. Only be receiving the Pension Credit benefit.
  2. Have entitlement to an increase of a qualifying benefit for your partner or civil partner.

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Do Pensioners Still Get £10 Christmas Bonus?
The UK Chancellor assigns a £10 Christmas Bonus for pensioners who get the State Pension or Pension Credit. But, pensioners who have not claimed their pension must be claiming one of the other qualifying benefits to get the extra Christmas payment.

Do You Pay Tax on Bonuses UK?
HMRC regard a bonus or tips as wages if you get them through your job. That means you may need to pay income tax on that extra money if it is not part of your usual wages. This would include an annual Christmas bonus from your employer if you are lucky enough to get one. Note that you would usually need to pay National Insurance on that bonus income too.

Christmas Bonus Benefit 2017 Payment Date; UK Rules Updated 2017