With the festive season fast approaching, it is important you to have you finances in order, especially if you receive Universal Credit, Child Benefit or Tax Credits – as some of your usual payments may fall on bank holidays.
If your payment dates fall on Christmas Bank Holidays, The DWP have planned to pay your benefits early so you can still enjoy the festivities without too much financial strain.
Universal Credit and Benefit payment dates for Christmas and New Year 2019
Benefits paid on a bi-weekly basis include support allowance, income support, or jobseekers’ allowance. Universal Credit and all other benefits are usually paid into accounts every two weeks.
Due dates differ for each individual, so check if your usual payment date falls on a Wednesday or a Thursday. If so your payment should be due on Christmas or Boxing Day, meaning you can expect it to hit your account on Tuesday 24 December.
If your due date falls on New Year’s Day (Wednesday 1 January), you can expect your payment to go in on Tuesday 31 December.
Tax Credit payment dates for Christmas and New Year 2019
Due date: December 25 2019 – Actual pay date: December 24
Due date: December 26 2019 – Actual pay date: December 24
Due date: January 1 2020 – Actual pay date: December 31
Child Benefit payment dates for Christmas and New Year 2019
In England, Child Benefits are usually paid every four weeks on either a Monday or a Tuesday and as neither Christmas or New Years falls on either of these days the pay dates should remain the same.
If you’re in doubt or want any further information about receiving benefit payments over the Christmas and New Year period, contact your local jobcentre.