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Benefit payment dates over Christmas and New Year (2018-19)

If you or someone you know is in receipt of benefits, tax credits, or universal credit, they may receive payments early over the Christmas and New Year period (2018-19).

This is because the offices who deal with payments will be closed or only offering a very limited service.

We’ve listed the dates you need to take note of below, but please be aware that these dates are subject to change. We’ll update the list if and when this occurs (Last updated on 11 December 2018).

Tax Credits

Payments due on Monday, December 24, will be paid on Friday, December 21

Payments due on Tuesday, December 25, will be paid by Monday, December 24

Payments due on Wednesday, December 26, will be paid by Monday December 24

Payments due on Thursday, December 27, will be paid by Monday, December 24

Payments due on Friday, December 28 (England/Scotland & Wales only), will be paid on Thursday, December 27

Payments due on Saturday, December 29, will be paid on Friday, December 28

Payments due on Tuesday, January 1, will be paid on Monday, December 31

Payments due on Wednesday, January 2, will be paid on Monday, December 31

Payments due on Thursday, January 3 (England, Wales & Northern Ireland only), will be paid on Wednesday, January 2

Source: https://www.gov.uk/when-is-your-next-tax-credits-payment

Social Security Benefits

Payments due on Monday, 24 December, will be paid on Friday, 21 December.

Payments due on Tuesday, 25 December, will be paid on Friday, 21 December.

Payments due on Wednesday, 26 December, will be paid on Friday, 21 December.

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Payments due on Saturday, 29 December, will be paid on Friday, 28 December.

Payments due on Tuesday, 1 January 2019, will be paid on Monday, 31 December 2018.

Payments due on Wednesday, 2 January 2019:

Universal Credit payments due on 2 January 2019 are paid on that day.

Payments due on 2 January 2019 for the following benefits are paid on that day (if you live in England and Wales):

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Income Support

All other benefit payments due on 2 January 2019 will be paid on 31 December 2018.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/how-to-have-your-benefits-paid

Child Benefit

Payments due on Tuesday 25 December will be paid on Monday 22 December.

Payments due on Tuesday 1 January 2019 will be paid on Monday 31 December 2018.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit-payment-dates/bank-holidays

NB: If you do not see a date in the list above it is because payments aren’t expected to be affected. All information is correct at the time of publication.

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