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327,379 sick and disabled people were not paid their Christmas Bonus at Christmas

January 20, 2016

Politics and Insights


Benefits were originally calculated to meet only the basic costs of food, fuel and shelter. The Pensioners and Family Income Supplement Payments Act 1972 ensured that a Christmas Bonus of £10 is paid to the recipients of some benefits as a one off payment. The subsequent Pensioners’ Payments and Social Security Act of 1979 established the Bonus permanently, although the amount has never been uprated in line with rising prices and living costs. 

On thegovernment site, it says:

The Christmas Bonus is a one-off tax-free £10 payment made before Christmas, paid to people who get certain benefits in the qualifying week. This is normally the first full week of December.

You don’t need to claim – you should get paid automatically.

Labour’s shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Owen Smith has accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of being “cruel and incompetent” following an apparently widespread, national level…

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  1. Tracy Davies permalink
    January 20, 2016 1:54 pm

    I think it’s discussing I’m a disabled person with 3 girls and my hubby takes care of us all and we struggle every week to feed us all healthy foods the prices go up on things but our money stays the same that £10 bonus is not much to some people bit that would of helped us with keeping warm it’s does my head in because all these mps get a pay rise well wjys shouldn’t benefit people get one I don’t want to be on benifit but I can’t help it put your head a together and help out those who struggle

  2. philipburdekin permalink
    January 20, 2016 6:11 pm

    Jim disabled, mentally and physically, this year is the first time for many years that I have received my £10 Christmas Bonus and I’m thinking that it is because I am now in the support group and that’s why.

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