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Hello Caggers



Does anyone know if the Christmas Bonus of £10 has been withdrawn this year or subject to some DWP messing about with the dates it is paid?



I am currently receiving Contribution Based ESA (SG) & DLA LRC & LRM



I have checked back through the year and the only variant in payment was in April when the annual uprating happened of £1 per fortnight.



I asked at the Post Office last week and they knew nothing about it.



Last year it was paid on 1st December. I keep all the receipts.



I am reticent to call the DWP as my 2 year deferral of review date is actually today.



My next payment date is 28 December, if the Bonus is included then, it rather defeats the nature of it.



Thank you to anyone who can shed light on this

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It is still being paid. They don't seem to be including it with your normal 4 weekly payments, just paying it into your account whenever it suits them and preceded by the brown envelope.

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Thank you for the reply Silverfox1961


I get paid fortnightly, ESA Mondays and DLA Wednesdays. No brown envelopes have arrived here yet. I don't remember getting a letter about the Christmas Bonus in recent years. Nothing in my file.


It might only be £10 but it made a serious difference to Christmas here.

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Its always a separate payment, preceded by a brown enveoped letter, have u asked DWP if you are getting it? A quick call may clear this up.





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Its always a separate payment, preceded by a brown enveoped letter, have u asked DWP if you are getting it? A quick call may clear this up.


Hi Martin,



I have always received it since first claiming cIB and now cESA. It has always been paid before Christmas and is in the PO account along with my ESA and DLA. I have the withdrawal receipts from previous years and current ones. Maybe in my area the BDC doesn't send out letters re' Christmas Bonus, I keep good records and all letters. It has been known for changes in notifications/payment dates to be made without notifying claimants.


As I said in post above, I am reticent to ring them due to highlighting my name in the system, as my two year deferral for review date for ESA is today.


A quick call in this case might end up with me being referred for DLA/PIP transfer which for the time being I am trying to avoid.


No problems with my claims for ESA or DLA. All paid on time on fortnightly schedule as posted above.

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  • 1 month later...

My Christmas Bonus of £10 was finally paid on 25th January 2016.



As usual, no letter sent out to notify. I didn't ring the DWP either, for reasons I mentioned above.



On Rightsnet there was brief mention that the delay in paying the bonus this year was planned, courtesy of George Osborne.

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Some claimants are due this payment and in the press there have been stories stating this has been missed for up to 6 years.. The DWP send out the money to bring the claim up to date.

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