People expecting their benefits this week should have received payment before Christmas, while any payments due on the New Year bank holiday will also be paid early. The DWP has stated some regular payments including Universal Credit, PIP, and state pension will be different over the festive period due the days that Christmas and New Year fall.
Which benefits are affected over New Year?
- The DWP benefits payments which will be affected over new year are:
- 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
- Universal credit
- Tax credits (such as working tax credit)
The DWP and HMRC have confirmed changes to benefits including Universal Credit and PIP as well as state pension and Tax Credits on certain dates next week.
Changes to devolved benefits, including Adult Disability, Child Disability and Scottish Child Payments due until Friday, January 6, have also been announced by Social Security Scotland.
As New Year falls on a Sunday this year benefit payments won’t be affected on New Year’s Day itself, but they will be impacted on the substitute bank holiday that will take place on Monday January 2.
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According to Gov.uk, any payments due on this date, including Universal Credit, will instead be paid early on Friday December 30.
Normal payment schedules will resume on Tuesday, January 3, with the exception of Tax Credits.
Universal Credit claimants should also be aware that if they are due a payment on Wednesday December 28, they will still receive it on this date rather than having had it land in their bank account early on December 23 as with other benefits.
Any Universal Credit payments due on Boxing Day or December 27 should have been paid in on December 23.
All payments due on Monday, January 2, will be made on Friday, December 30.
All payments due on Tuesday, January 3, will be made as normal.
- Payments due on Monday, January 2, will be made on Friday, December 30
- Payments due on Tuesday, January 3, will be made on Friday, December 30
If their Tax Credits are due to arrive on Wednesday, January 4, they will instead be paid on Tuesday, January 3.
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The following payments should have been made on Friday, December 23.
All payments due on Monday, December 26
All payments due on Tuesday, December 27
All DWP payments due on Wednesday, December 28 except Universal Credit – Universal Credit will be paid as normal
If the money hasn’t arrived in one’s account, they should call the Government helplines for advice.
Minister for employment Guy Opperman MP said: “Our benefit system offers a vital safety net to millions of people and will continue to provide essential support over the festive period. We are bringing forward payment dates to ensure customers have their benefits in advance, taking account of the upcoming bank holidays.”
The DWP is also sending out a £10 tax-free Christmas bonus to households in receipt of certain benefits this month.
Claimants must be in receipt of certain benefits in the first week of December in order to qualify, as well as “ordinarily resident” in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Gibraltar.
The full list can be found on the Government website.
The payment should be paid out automatically in the usual way before Christmas, so people do not need to claim, and will appear as “DWP XB” on their bank statement.
If people think they should have received the bonus and have not, they are advised to contact the Jobcentre Plus office that deals with their payments or the Pension Service.