PEOPLE expecting benefits next week will see their payments made early due to the Queen’s funeral bank holiday on Monday.
Those receiving Universal Credit, pension credit and more will receive their payment tomorrow, September 16, instead of September 19.
Benefit and Universal Credit payments will be affected
The government announced the change on Tuesday, September 13.
The reason payments are landing in accounts tomorrow is because that’s the last working day before the bank holiday.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says it has put arrangements in place to make sure all benefits and credits due are paid on this date.
When will I get my payment?
If your benefit is due to be paid on the day of the state funeral (Monday, September 19), you’ll be paid on Friday, September 16.
Does this only affect those on Universal Credit?
This affects all individuals claiming seven notable benefits including Universal Credit.
Those on the following are set to receive their benefit allowance this week:
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Personal Independence Payment
- State Pension
- Universal Credit
- Child Benefit/Guardian’s Allowance
- Working Tax Credits
- Child Tax Credits
Will my payment amount change?
The only thing that changes is when you get paid.
Of course, the amount you get depends on which benefits you’re currently claiming.
If you think you’re eligible for benefits and missing out, then we’ve explained how to check which benefits you could claim.
How will it affect me?
Getting paid early will mean you need to plan out your month to make sure you don’t overspend.
Make sure to factor this into your budget for September.
We’ve some top tips to making sure you save money throughout the month include meal prepping and finding hidden food discounts – you can read more about those in our guides.
When else will my pay date change?
Bank holiday dates can change every year, so it could affect your payment date in the future, but your money will always land in your account beforehand.
There are two more bank holidays in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and three in Scotland later on this year:
- Wednesday, November 30 – St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only)
- Monday, December 26 – Boxing Day
- Tuesday, December 27 – Christmas Day (substitute day)