THOUSANDS on Universal Credit can expect to see payments land in their accounts early over the coming months.
If you're on the benefit you usually receive your first payment seven days after the end of your first assessment period, which begins after you first make a claim.
It is then usually paid on the same date each month.
But if your payment date lands on a Bank Holiday, you can expect to receive it earlier.
You should receive your money the first working day before the date you are supposed to be paid.
The next Bank Holiday lands on August 28 – if you are due to be paid then you will receive your money on August 25.
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You don't need to do anything if your usual date for getting Universal Credit falls on a Bank Holiday.
But make sure you factor any early payments into your budget as you'll have to wait longer for the following one.
If your payment falls outside of August 28, you shouldn't expect any changes at all.
What other benefit payment dates will change over the May Bank Holiday?
The Department for Work and Pensions has shared the full list of benefits that will be paid early because of the August Bank Holiday:
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- Attendance allowance
- Carer's allowance
- Child benefit
- Disability living allowance
- Employment and support allowance
- Income support
- Jobseeker's allowance
- Pension credit
- Personal independence payment
- State pension
- Tax credits (such as Working Tax Credit)
The same rules apply. If you're due a payment on August 28 you will receive your payment on August 25.
For Bank Holidays in Scotland and Northern Ireland which are different, households there may be paid after their usual payment date.
If you don't receive your benefit payment on time, it's worth checking with your bank first before contacting the DWP.
If something's not right, you can also submit a complaint to the DWP.
Do you have a money problem that needs sorting? Get in touch by emailing [email protected]
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