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The DWP has revealed that claimants used to receiving the one-off Christmas Bonus on legacy benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), are no longer entitled to the additional money once they’ve moved onto Universal Credit.
The Christmas Bonus is a one-off, tax-free £10 payment made to people on certain benefits in the first week of December. It is designed to help with the extra costs of Christmas, a time when finances are pushed to the limit.
The bonus is given to anyone who receives 1 of 19 different types of benefits, including Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Carers Allowance, or those receiving the state pension.
£10 may not sound like a lot but, for someone on the controversial benefit, it can go a long way.
Single parents and those with a disability are some of the hardest hit by welfare reforms. Losing £10 IS a lot to them.
I used to be on ESA and would have usually received the payment by now.
However, as I’m now on Universal Credit it has not appeared despite me being on PIP. It appears that you must be on both “New Style ESA” as well as PIP to receive it.
Their response did not answer my question as to why those in the “Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Activity (LCWRA)” group on Universal Credit do not receive the payment.
This is the the comparable group to ESA’s “Support Group.”
Yet again the most vulnerable, disabled people, have been hit by another Tory welfare cut.
What’s worse in my opinion is; if nobody had spoken up about it, we wouldn’t even have known.
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