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People who receive certain benefits, including the state pension, could get a one-off tax-free £10 Christmas bonus from the Government. If you are eligible, the money should be paid automatically but you can make a claim if you think you’ve wrongly missed out. 
We’ve full details on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) bonus scheme below.   
In the meantime, to check you’re not missing out on any benefits, use our Benefits Calculator. For further information, you can also see our benefits guides
To qualify for the £10 bonus you must be present or classed as being an ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the first full week of December, which this year is 6 to 13 December.

You must also be in receipt of at least ONE of the following benefits during this week: 
If you have not claimed your state pension, and you’re not entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits above then you will not receive the Christmas bonus.

If you are part of a married couple, in a civil partnership or living together, and you both get one of the above benefits, you will each get a £10 bonus payment.
Even if your partner does not get one of these benefits but you do, they may still get the £10 for themselves if the following apply:
And either:
If you are eligible for the £10 you shouldn’t need to do anything to claim it. You should receive it automatically into the account you receive your usual benefits. It may show up on your statement under ‘DWP XB’.
There is no specific payment date and this will vary depending on which benefits you receive, but DWP says it aims for eligible people to get the £10 before Christmas.
The bonus will not affect your benefit payments. 
If you think you should get the bonus and have not, contact the Jobcentre Plus Office. You can find your nearest JobCentre Plus branch via Gov.uk. You can also phone 0800 055 6688.

Alternatively, you can also contact the Pension Service on 0800 731 0469, although this only applies to those in receipt of their state pension.
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