What is it?
The Christmas Bonus is a lump sum payment awarded to you if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit in the last complete benefit week in November (called the relevant week).
Basic qualifying condition
You must be in receipt of 1 of the qualifying benefits:
- Retirement Pension
- Long term Incapacity Benefit
- Widowed Parent's Allowance
- Carer's Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Unemployability Supplement or Allowance
- Income Support (subject to further conditions being satisfied)
- Employed Person's Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance (transitionally protected cases)
- Widowed Mother's Allowance (transitionally protected cases)
- Widow's Pension (transitionally protected cases)
- Industrial Death Benefit
How much could I get and how am I paid?
See the benefits rates for further details.
The bonus is normally paid with the qualifying benefit, though in some cases it may be paid by a separate cheque which can be cashed at a Post Office or paid into a bank or building society account.
How and when should I apply?
The bonus is paid automatically and there is no separate claim required.
For further information on the Christmas Bonus, please see downloadable documents.