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Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

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148Entitlement of pensioners to Christmas bonus

(1)Any person who in any year—

(a)is present or ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom or any other member State at any time during the relevant week; and

(b)is entitled to a payment of a qualifying benefit in respect of a period which includes a day in that week or is to be treated as entitled to a payment of a qualifying benefit in respect of such a period,

shall, subject to the following provisions of this Part of this Act and to section 1 of the Administration Act, be entitled to payment under this subsection in respect of that year.

(2)Subject to the following provisions of this Part of this Act, any person who is a member of a couple and is entitled to a payment under subsection (1) above in respect of a year shall also be entitled to payment under this subsection in respect of that year if—

(a)both members have attained pensionable age not later than the end of the relevant week; and

(b)the other member satisfies the condition mentioned in subsection (1)(a) above; and

(c)either—

(i)he is entitled or treated as entitled, in respect of the other member, to an increase in the payment of the qualifying benefit; or

(ii)the only qualifying benefit to which he is entitled is income support.

(3)A payment under subsection (1) or (2) above—

(a)is to be made by the Secretary of State; and

(b)is to be of £10 or such larger sum as the Secretary of State may by order specify.

(4)Where the only qualifying benefit to which a person is entitled is income support, he shall not be entitled to a payment under subsection (1) above unless he has attained pensionable age not later than the end of the relevant week.

(5)Only one sum shall be payable in respect of any person.

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