Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Benefits from the Department of Work and Pension (DWP) or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are usually paid periodically directly to your bank, building community or credit union account.

However, if your payment date falls on a weekend or a public holiday, you will usually be paid on the working day before, although this may be different for individuals claiming tax deductions or child support.

And while it may seem like a long way off, it’s important to know exactly what money you have and when, especially during the festive period when government offices and banks may be closed.

DWP is responsible for administering a range of benefits, including universal credit, senior benefits, personal independence payment (PIP) and state pension.

They also ensure that the applicants receive their payment on time by informing them of any changes to their regular schedule.

Holidays during the Christmas period may affect when many plaintiffs receive their usual payment, but although DWP has not yet confirmed whether payment dates will be revised at Christmas and New Year, they are likely to fall on a December 25 and 26 Saturday and Sunday this year.

This means that Monday 27 December and Tuesday 28 December will be classified as public holidays, just as Monday 3 January and Tuesday 4 January (Scotland only) will also be classified as public holidays.

HMRC has already updated its relevant pages on GOV.UK for tax deductions and child support during Christmas and New Year.

Tax credit payment dates over Christmas and New Year

  • Payment due on Monday 27 December: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24th
  • Payment due Tuesday, December 28: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24th
  • Payment due Monday, January 3: Payment will be made on Friday, December 31st
  • Payment due Tuesday, January 4: Payment is due Friday 31st December (Scotland only)

Childhood payment dates over Christmas and New Year

  • Payment due on Monday 27 December: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24th
  • Payment due Tuesday, December 28: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24th
  • Payment due Monday, January 3: Payment will be made on Friday, December 31st

Possible DWP payment dates for Christmas and New Year

DWP has not yet confirmed festive payment dates, but they are expected to follow HMRC’s revised guidelines.

DWP benefits that may be affected:

  • Universal credit
  • State pension
  • Pension credit
  • Handicap Lifespan (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance surcharge
  • Caregiver’s allowance
  • Employment Aid (ESA)
  • Income support
  • Jobseeker’s Compensation (JSA)

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Estimated payment dates

  • Payment due on Monday 27 December: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24th
  • Payment due Tuesday, December 28: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24th
  • Payment due Monday, January 3: Payment will be made on Friday, December 31st

More information about Bank Holiday can be found on the GOV.UK website here.

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