Christmas and the New Year are expensive times – so delays in benefit payments can worry families.
With three holidays per week, the holiday season means payment schedules can change. For parents who are organizing their bills and trying to make ends meet, any delays can have a big impact.
The good news is that the government says that benefits due on public holidays must be paid earlier. For some, that should mean money is deposited two days earlier than usual, as anyone with a due date on Boxing Day (26 December) should be paid on Christmas Eve (24 December) , as it is the last working day before the public holiday. .
As Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day all fall on a Wednesday or Thursday, Child Benefit should not be affected as it is usually paid on a Monday or Tuesday. But tax credit and universal credit recipients may receive their money at a different time.
As a general rule, if your benefits are due on a holiday, they should be in your account on the last business day before that holiday. For Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 25 and 26), your payday should be December 24 (Christmas Eve). Payments due on New Year’s Day (January 1) should be in your account on New Year’s Day (December 31).
Benefit payment dates in England for Christmas and New Year 2019-2020
Due date: December 25, 2019 – Actual pay date: December 24
Due date: December 26, 2019 – Actual pay date: December 24
Due date: January 1, 2020 – Actual pay date: December 31
Child benefit is usually paid every four weeks, on a Monday or Tuesday. The Christmas and New Year bank holidays do not fall on a Monday or Tuesday in England, so regular pay dates should remain the same.
Universal Credit and Other Benefits
These are paid every two weeks (Employment Support Allowance, Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance) or monthly (all other benefits including Universal Credit).
If your due date is December 25 or 26 (Christmas and Boxing Day), your benefits should be paid on Tuesday, December 24.
If your benefits are due on the first of the month (Wednesday, January 1), your January benefits are due Tuesday, December 31