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Christmas Bonus

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.

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