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Benefits and tax credits payment dates Christmas 2016

If you're in receipt of benefits or tax credits in the UK, you should be paid early over Christmas and New Year. Here are the dates you need.


If you are in receipt of social security benefits or tax credits in the UK, you’ll normally be paid early over the Christmas and New Year period.

Here are the dates you need to make a note of:

Social Security Benefits (JSA, ESA, DLA, PIP, etc)

For payments expected between Friday 23 and Wednesday 28 December, you should be paid on Friday 23 December.

For payments expected on Friday 30 December or Monday 2 January, you should be paid on Friday 30 December.

Tuesday 3 January (Scotland only) – paid Friday 30 December.

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

Child Benefit

Child Benefit payments expected on 26 December, should instead be paid on 22 December.

Payments expected on 27 December should be paid on 23 December.

Payments expected on 2 January 2017 should be paid on 30 December.

Payments expected on 3 January 2017 will be paid a day late – 4 January 2017 (Scotland only).

Source: http://www.gov.uk/child-benefit-payment-dates

Tax Credits

If you’re expecting a payment between 26 and 28 December, you should instead receive it on Friday 23 December.

Payments expected on the 29 December will be paid a day early – 28 December (England, Scotland and Wales only).

Payments expected on 2 or 3 January 2017 should be paid on 30 December.

For those of you expecting a payment on 4 January 2017, you should instead receive it a day early – 3 January 2017 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland only).

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


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