The UK Rules
Christmas Bonus

£10 Christmas Bonus Benefit 2020

This section will help if you are wondering 'is the DWP holiday bonus being paid this year' and 'how much do you get for Christmas Bonus benefit 2020'?

The information explains who gets the £10, which social welfare benefits qualify, and the DWP Christmas Bonus 2020 payment date.

DWP CHRISTMAS PAYMENTS: December is the traditional month to get an extra tax-free DWP holiday bonus payment of £10.

The £10 DWP Christmas payments go out to almost all claimants who are getting certain benefits during the qualifying week. As a rule, that means the first 'full' week in December.

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

Note: Information on the DWP XB payment 2020 (Bonws Nadolig) is also available in Welsh language (Cymraeg).

Christmas Bonus 2020 Payment Date

As a rule, the Xmas bonus 2020 will be an automatic payment. It should go straight into your bank account (like most payment dates for benefits and allowances).

Claimants who qualify for the Christmas Bonus DWP should receive the money before the holiday period. So, it is usually paid in the first full week of December.

Note: The annual Department for Work and Pension gratuity may show up as 'DWP XB on bank statement'. The 2020 Xmas bonus will not affect your claim or your rights to benefits.

DWP Christmas Holiday Bonus Eligibility

You must meet several conditions to get the Job Seekers JSA Christmas Bonus. It is only available for individuals who are receiving one of the qualifying benefits during the week that it gets paid.

Here's how it works:

You must also be present in the country or meet United Kingdom residency conditions. Your eligibility to get DWP Christmas payments 2020 depends on two main factors:

  1. You must be present in the United Kingdom during the qualifying week. Being '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 in the qualifying week (December 2nd to 9th):

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

Definition: An Ordinarily Resident is 'officially' defined 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 you live in the UK on a lawful, voluntary, and properly settled basis for the time being.

How to Claim 2020 Benefits Christmas Bonus

In most cases, you receive the Christmas benefit automatically so you should not need to claim for it. But, you should contact your local Jobcentre Plus office (or pension center) if you did not get it.

Note: As a rule, it will be the same office that deals with any of your other benefits entitlement payments.

DWP Christmas Bonus 2020 Advice

What if you are part of a married couple or in a civil partnership (living together as if you are married)? In this case you may both get the DWP Christmas bonuses 2020.

So, if each of you receive one of the qualifying benefits during the appropriate week (first week of December) - you will get two (2) payments.

Last time we checked:

Your partner may claim the Christmas Box even if they do not get one of the qualifying benefits. But, both of you must be over State Pension age by the end of the qualifying week.

But, 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).


What is PIP Christmas Bonus?

Claimants getting Personal Independence Payment also qualify for PIP Christmas Bonus. PIP Christmas payment dates 2020 will be due at the same time as the other Xmas bonus handouts.

When is the Winter Fuel Allowance 2020/21 Start Date?

The payments start when the British cold months begin to bite. The Winter Fuel Payment 2020 is usually transferred to eligible claimants from November to December.

Do Pensioners Still Get £10 Christmas Bonus UK?

The UK Chancellor assigns a non taxable £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 also apply to an annual Christmas benefit from your employer (if you are lucky enough to get one). It is important to understand that you would usually need to pay National Insurance on that bonus income too.

Note: The short YouTube video explains more about the Christmas bonus (including subtitles for ease of use).

Christmas Bonus Benefit 2020: DWP XB Payment Date in United Kingdom