DWP announces extra payments up to £310 and Christmas bonuses for UK pensioners

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Millions of people in the UK can expect to receive extra payments worth up to £310 before the end of the year. These will be made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Pensioners in particular can expect the bulk of the cash, with Winter Fuel Payments usually made automatically to eligible households during November, December and January. The payments will help cover the costs of higher heating bills, reports ECHO.

According to Age UK, if you were born on or before September 22 1958, you could get up to £300 to help with your bills in winter this year. It adds: "The exact amount depends on your age and whether other people in your household also qualify."

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To be eligible you'll also have to have been living in the UK during the qualifying week (September 3-9, this year). You can still apply if you live in a care or nursing home, though you'll usually get a smaller amount.

Elsewhere, state pensioners, and anyone claiming certain benefits from DWP, should also receive a bonus in December. The £10 is a one-off Christmas payment, and usually lands in bank accounts in December.

The money does not affect any other benefits you get and will be paid into your bank account. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website here.