State pensioners to secure bonus this Christmas – will you need to claim it?

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State pensioners are used to receiving a set amount once every four weeks. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) oversees the administration of the state pension to ensure everyone gets the amount they are entitled to.

However, it is worth noting an extra payment provided each year, which is commonly described as the Christmas bonus.

The bonus serves as a one-off tax-free payment issued to state pensioners and other eligible individuals.

It is issued by the DWP, typically in the first full week of December, which is fast approaching.

The Christmas bonus is worth £10, which may not at first seem like a lot of money, particularly given the cost of living crisis.

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Britons should note they will have to be eligible in order to be in receipt of the Christmas bonus.

The first rule relates directly to where a person lives for most of the time throughout the year.

Individuals must be present or “ordinarily resident” in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the qualifying week.

The qualifying week is usually outlined as the first full week of December, which this year commences on December 5.

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Those who have not claimed their state pension and are not entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits will not get a Christmas bonus. 

Many Britons will be wondering if they have to take any action in order to receive the extra payment this festive season.

Thankfully, individuals will not have to claim the Christmas bonus to secure it, as it should be issued automatically by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Those who think they should get it, but have not, will need to look into the matter further.

The Government states: “Contact the Jobcentre Plus Office that deals with your payments, or the Pension Service.”

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