You may be able to get Christmas Bonus, the one-off tax-free £10 payment made before Christmas. This is normally paid automatically to those customers getting a qualifying benefit in the qualifying week and who meet the residency conditions.
Who is eligible?
To get a Christmas Bonus you must be a resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any EEA country, or Switzerland and be entitled to at least one of the following benefits in the qualifying week (normally the first full week of December):
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer's Allowance
- 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
- 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 if over State Pension age
- War Widow's Pension
- Widowed Mother's Allowance
- Widowed Parent's Allowance
- Widow's Pension
Please note, you will not qualify for the Christmas Bonus on the basis of State Pension entitlement if you are deferring your State Pension claim.
- Attendance Allowance (people with disabilities section)
- Constant Attendance Allowance (people with disabilities section)
- Disability Living Allowance - introduction (people with disabilities section)
How much do you get?
Christmas Bonus is normally a one-off payment of £10.
If you're part of a married or unmarried couple or civil partnership and both of you are entitled to one of the qualifying benefits, you'll each get a Christmas Bonus payment.
Your partner or civil partner will also get a payment if both the following apply:
- you're both over State Pension age by the start of the qualifying week
- your partner or civil partner was also resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, EEA country or Switzerland at the start of the qualifying week
- you're entitled to an increase of a qualifying benefit for your partner or civil partner
- the only qualifying benefit you're getting is Pension Credit
- Understanding Pension Credit (pensions and retirement planning section)
How it's paid
Christmas Bonus is usually paid directly into your bank, credit union, building society, Post Office® or National Savings account that accepts Direct Payment.
Effect on benefits
The Christmas Bonus payment won't affect other benefits you may be getting.
How to claim
You don't need to claim Christmas Bonus - you should get it automatically. If you think you qualify for the payment but haven't got it, contact the Northern Ireland Pension Centre or speak to your local Social Security / Jobs and Benefits office that deals with your payments.
- Social Security / Jobs and Benefits Offices (contacts section)
- Northern Ireland Pension Centre - State Pension (contacts section)
More useful links
- On a low income
- Warm Homes grant scheme (environment and greener living section)
- Age-related tax allowances (pensions and retirement planning section)
- Nominating a helper to collect benefits or a pension for you (pensions and retirement planning section)
- Wills and Probate (Government, citizens and rights section)