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Christmas Bonus

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 219450, tabled on 18 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether recipients of the Christmas Bonus may pay it back.

Answered on

5 January 2015

The Christmas bonus is a payment of £10 made to people who receive State Pension and other qualifying benefits during the relevant week, normally the first week in December.

People are entitled to do what they wish with this payment and so they can repay it if that is their preference.

The Christmas bonus is generally not a separate payment but is combined with other pensions or benefits in a single payment.