Thousands of cash strapped people will receive a £ 10 tax-free bonus this Christmas – with payments due from Monday.
Additional support is available for people already claiming at least one of a series of support programs, from nursing allowance to pension credits, reports Mirror Online.
The one-off payment of £ 10 is usually paid in the first full week of December and will not affect your other rights.
Read more: Martin Lewis shares rules on how 500,000 more people can now get universal credit
It might only cost £ 10, but it could be highly appreciated by anyone struggling to pay their heating bills and dealing with the rising cost of living this winter.
BirminghamLive recently reported how Martin Lewis shared his general rules on how half a million more people could now claim universal credit.
The changes made by the government to the regulations mean that eligibility for the benefit has broadened.
It comes as the latest research from Citizens Advice has revealed that the equivalent of 3.2 million households are struggling after being overwhelmed by soaring bills.
Speaking to the Mirror, Aasia Majid, advisor at Citizens Advice Manchester, said: “We hear every day from people who never had a food bank voucher but now cannot afford the weekly store.
“Their incomes are the same or less, but their costs have skyrocketed. “
In order to qualify for the DWP Christmas Bonus you must have been present or reside in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar during the relevant qualifying week this year, i.e. that is, the first full week of December.
This means that expats living abroad might not benefit from it.
Couples who both qualify will both receive the additional payment. If your other half does not receive one of the eligible benefits, they may still receive an additional payment if:
- You are both past state retirement age by the end of the first full week in December,
- You are both residents of the eligible regions at the end of the first full week of December,
- You are entitled to an increase in a pensionable benefit for your partner or civil partner,
- The only qualifying benefit you receive is the pension credit.
BrumWish 2021 aims to deliver thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, children in care and children with little.
This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – as we’ve partnered with our # Toys4Birmingham partners including Thrive Together Birmingham, Birmingham Playcare Network, Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.
Are also involved Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon Children’s Charity, The Springfield Project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which operates food centers in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.
You can purchase a gift from Amazon’s #Brumwish Wishlist here.
Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts on special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where volunteers will be waiting to see you.
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 charitable partner to be used to fill in any gaps or purchase specialized toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to donate.
Here are the benefits you must claim in the first full week of December to be automatically eligible:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance allowance
- Care allowance
- Long-term care allowance (paid under the work accident or war pensions schemes)
- Contribution-based employment and support allowance (once the main phase of the allowance has entered after the first 13 weeks of application)
- Disabled allowance
- Long-term disability benefit
- Work death benefit (for widows or widowers)
- Mobility supplement
- Pension credit – the guarantee element
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- State pension (including phased retirement benefit)
- Serious invalidity allowance (transitional protection)
- Unemployment supplement or allowance (paid under employment accident or war pensions schemes)
- State retirement age war disability pension
- 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, contact your professional coach or your nearest Jobcentre Plus or retirement center.
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