Thousands of cash-strapped people will get a tax-free bonus of £10 this Christmas – with payments to arrive from Monday.
The extra support is available to people already claiming at least one of a series support schemes, from Carer’s Allowance to Pension Credits, reports Mirror Online.
The £10 one-off payment is usually paid in the first full week of December, and won’t affect any other entitlements you have.
It may only be £10, but it could be very much appreciated by anyone who is struggling to pay heating bills as well as deal with the rising cost of living this winter.
Government changes to regulations mean eligibility to the benefit has expanded.
It comes as latest research from Citizens Advice revealed that the equivalent of 3.2 million households are struggling after being swamped by soaring bills.
Speaking to the Mirror, Aasia Majid, an adviser at Citizens Advice Manchester, said: “We’re hearing every day from people who’ve never had a food bank voucher but now can’t afford the weekly shop.
“Their income is the same or less but their costs have shot up.”
To qualify for the DWP Christmas bonus you must have been present or a resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week concerned this year – that is the first full week of December.
This means expats living abroad might not be able to benefit.
Couples who both qualify will both get the extra payment. If your other half doesn’t get one of the qualifying benefits, they could still get an extra payment if:
- You’re both over State Pension age by the end of the first full week in December,
- You’re both a resident of the qualifying regions by the end of the first full week in December,
- 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.
BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.
This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.
Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.
You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.
Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you.
Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.
You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.
Here are the benefits you need to be claiming in the first full week of December to automatically qualify:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- 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
- 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
If you haven’t received the £10 payment and think you should have, contact your work coach or your nearest Jobcentre Plus or pension centre.
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