DWP Universal Credit, Tax Credit and Pensions: When Benefit Payments Will Be Made This May Bank Holiday


For some households, benefits will be paid before the May statutory holiday. The first bank holiday in May is next week, Monday May 2.

This means that many workers in the UK will benefit from a three-day weekend. However, if you normally expected a Monday benefit payment date, your money will arrive in your bank account on a different date.

If you are due to receive a benefit on Monday, May 2, your money should arrive this Friday (April 29) instead. This covers most benefits such as tax credits, pension payments and universal credit if your usual payment date falls on a holiday.

Read more: How many years you have to work to qualify for a state pension

You won’t have to do anything yourself because the payment will be made automatically on another date. It’s important to remember that if you get paid sooner, you’ll have to make your money last longer. This is because there will be a longer wait until your next payment, reports MirrorOnline.

Meanwhile, the second May holiday normally falls on the last Monday in May each year. This year, however, is different.

It is pushed back so that workers have an extra long bank holiday weekend in early June to mark the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne. The public holiday dates will be Thursday June 2 (replacing the Spring Bank Holiday) and Friday June 3 (for the Queen’s Jubilee). If you are due to receive benefits on these days, you will likely be paid earlier on Wednesday, June 1.

How often you receive your benefit depends on the type of support you are claiming. Universal Credit, for example, is paid on the same day each month, while Tax Credits are usually paid every four weeks or every week. Child benefit is usually every four weeks, on a Monday or Tuesday.

When there is a public holiday, the following services are generally affected:

  • Attendance allowance

  • Care allowance

  • Family allowances

  • Disabled allowance

  • Employment and Support Allowance

  • Income support

  • Job search allowance

  • Pension credit

  • Payment for personal independence

  • State pension

  • Tax credits (such as working tax credit)

  • Universal Credit

If you do not receive payment for your benefits when you expected, first check the date on your notice of award and on your bank account. If you have the correct date and the money is not there, you should contact the appropriate helpline. However, these are unlikely to be open on public holidays.

Universal Credit:

Family allowances:

  • Call free: 0300 200 3100
  • Outside the UK: +44 161 210 3086

Tax credits:

  • Call HMRC free: 0345 300 3900
  • From outside the UK: +44 2890 538 192

Other benefits :

  • Call free: 0800 328 9344
  • Welsh: 0800 328 1744
  • Textphone: 0800 169 0314

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