£10 Christmas bonus for people on one of the 21 benefits

The Department of Work and Pensions will give a £10 Christmas bonus payment to millions of people who claim at least one of 21 benefits. The payment is tax-free and does not affect
any other benefits. The payment is meant to help with extra costs during the
winter season.


The payment will be made automatically in the first week of December to people who live in the UK,
Channel Islands, Isle of Man, or Gibraltar and receive benefits like Carer’s
Allowance, PIP, Pension Credit and State Pension. People do not need to apply or
do anything to get the payment. If two people in the same household claim
benefits separately, they will each get £10.


The 21 benefits  that qualify for the payment 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)
  • DLA
  • Incapacity benefit  at the long-term rate
  • Industrial death benefit (for widows or widowers)
  • Mobility supplement
  • Pension Credit (the guarantee element)
  • PIP
  • State Pension
    (including graduated retirement benefit)
  • Severe disablement
    allowance (transitionally protected)
  • Unemployability  supplement or allowance (paid under industrial injuries or war pensions
  • War disablement pension at state pension age
  • War widow’s pension
  • Widowed mother’s allowance
  • Widowed parent’s allowance 
  • Widow’s pension


People who are eligible for the payment can check their bank account in the first week of
December and look for the code ‘DWP XB’ to confirm the payment.