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Benefit payment dates over Christmas and New Year 2019-20

You may receive benefit payments early over Christmas and New Year. Check here to see if this applies to you and your family.

With Christmas just over the horizon there will be many people wondering if they will receive benefits and other social security payments in time for the festive season.

The rule of thumb is that if a payment is expected on a bank holiday it is usually sent to your bank account on the last working day before the bank holiday.

This is also the case when a scheduled payment falls on a weekend and on individual bank holidays in each part of the United Kingdom.

Below we have detailed the changes to payment dates for each of the main benefit types, and the numbers to call if a payment doesn’t arrive in your bank account.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is typically paid on a monthly basis, or twice-monthly in Scotland, except when special arrangements are in place for more frequent payments.

If your scheduled payment date falls on a bank holiday over Christmas and New Year you should receive that payment early.

  • Payment due  : Wednesday, December 25.   Payment sent  : Tuesday December 24.
  • Payment due  : Thursday, December 26.   Payment sent  : Tuesday December 24.
  • Payment due  : Wednesday, January 1.   Payment sent  : Tuesday, December 31.

If you do not receive payment of the dates above you should first contact your bank, and then contact the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 9344 as soon as possible.

Tax Credits

Tax Credits are slowly being replaced by Universal Credit, but the majority of households who are yet to be migrated to the new benefit will still be in receipt of this type of benefit.

The frequency of tax credit payments (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit) can depend on your own personal circumstances, but Child Tax Credit is usually paid weekly while Working Tax Credit often matches the payment cycle of your workplace.

  • Payment due: Wednesday, December 25.   Payment sent  : Tuesday December 24.
  • Payment due: Thursday, December 26.   Payment sent  : Tuesday December 24.
  • Payment due:   Friday, December 27.   Payment sent:   Tuesday, December 24 (Northern Ireland only).
  • Payment due: Wednesday, January 1.   Payment sent  : Tuesday, December 31.
  • Payment due:   Thursday, January 2.   Payment sent:   Tuesday, December 31 (Scotland only).

If you do not receive a payment on the dates listed above you should first contact your bank and then the main Tax Credit helpline on 0345 300 3900.

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is typically paid on a weekly basis and is designed to reduce the risk of child poverty, and assist low-income parents and guardians with the day-to-day cost of raising children.

Like with other social security benefits, Child Benefit payments are made early if the scheduled payment date falls on (or sometimes near to) a bank holiday.

  • Payment due: Wednesday, December 25.   Payment sent  : Tuesday December 24.
  • Payment due: Thursday, December 26.   Payment sent  : Tuesday December 24.
  • Payment due:   Friday, December 27.   Payment sent:   Tuesday, December 24 (Northern Ireland only).
  • Payment due: Wednesday, January 1.   Payment sent  : Tuesday, December 31.
  • Payment due:   Thursday, January 2.   Payment sent:   Tuesday, December 31 (Scotland only).

If your payment is late or does not arrive on the dates listed above, first contact your bank and then call the main Child Benefit helpline 0300 200 3100.

Other Benefits & Payments (Including State Pension)

If you are currently in state of any other benefit not listed above, including State Pension and Pension Credit, you should receive payment early if it falls on a bank holiday.

The revised payment dates listed below are for State Pension, Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, and Carer’s Allowance.

  • Payment due:   Wednesday, December 25.   Payment sent:   Tuesday December 24.
  • Payment due:   Thursday, December 26.   Payment sent:   Tuesday December 24.
  • Payment due:   Wednesday, January 1.   Payment sent:   Tuesday, December 31.

If you are in receipt of a benefit not listed above, the same typical rule applies that if the payment date falls on a bank holiday it is normally made on the last working day before.

If a payment is late or not received you should first contact your bank and then call one of the associated helplines. For JSA, Income-support, Incapacity Benefit or ESA, this is 0800 169 0310. For State Pension and Pension Credit, call the Pension Service on 0800 731 0469.

Disclaimer

All the payment dates listed above were correct at the time this article was published. We will endeavour to amend this article should these dates change, but we accept no responsibility if you do not receive payment on the dates listed.

If you are in anyway concerned that your benefits won’t be paid in time for Christmas and/or New Year, please contact the Department for Work and Pensions or Jobcentre Plus. Contact details for Jobcentre Plus can be found here.

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