As the cost of living crisis continues, any extra cash could be vital for families on low incomes, no matter the amount. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stated that the bonus is an automatic payment so no one needs to apply for it.
They must also be present or “ordinarily resident” in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, or Gibraltar during the qualifying week to receive the tax-free money.
The benefits that qualify are:
- Adult Disability Payment
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Disability 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)
- Mobility Supplement
- 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
- Widow’s Pension
Those who believe they qualify and receive nothing can contact the Jobcentre Plus or the Pension Service.
If someone has not claimed their state pension and are not entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits, they will not get a Christmas bonus.
With £15billion in benefits going unclaimed, Britons are urged to uncover benefits they may be entitled to.
People can visit the Government website to use the benefits calculator to help them find out.
To help people also manage with rising bills, the Government introduced a cost of living support package for those on income related benefits, disabled claimants and pensioners.
These payments are intended to provide support to you with the current rise in the cost of living.
Households across the UK are getting paid £650, in two instalments of £326 and £324.
The first low income Cost of Living Payment of £326 has been paid to most eligible people on low income benefits in Northern Ireland from July 20 to 30, 2022.
The second payment of £324 will be made from November 8, 2022 to November 23, 2022, if a person is entitled.This cost of living support payment will appear in the account or on Payment Exception Service voucher as ‘DWP Cost of Living’.