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Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

Volume 489: debated on Thursday 19 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which groups of pensioners are not eligible to receive the (a) £60 bonus and (b) £10 Christmas bonus; and if he will make a statement. (263374)

[holding answer 13 March 2009]: Eligibility for both instalments of the Christmas bonus paid in winter 2008-09 is determined under the same rules. In order to receive the bonus in winter 2008-09, an individual must be entitled to one of a list of qualifying benefits, which includes the state pension and pension credit, in the week commencing 22 December 2008, and must be living in the UK or elsewhere in the EU or EEA. People who do not meet these qualifying conditions will not receive a Christmas bonus. The Social Security Administration Act 1992 provides that except in prescribed circumstances no person shall be entitled to a benefit unless he has made a claim for it.