New Year’s celebrations fall on a weekend this year, which means benefit payment dates are changed.
As New Years Day is traditionally a public holiday, but it is a Saturday this year, the following Monday January 3 is considered a public holiday, resulting in a three-day weekend.
Benefits such as universal credit, tax credits, and PIP benefits will not be paid on these days.
The Department of Work and Pensions has released the full list of New Year’s benefit payment dates.
When will universal credit payments be made during the holiday?
There will be no payment on January 1, 2 and 3 as they are part of the bank holiday weekend.
Those who normally receive payments on one of the first three days of the month will receive their January payment on the business day before the holiday, which is instead Friday, December 31.
David Rutley, Minister of Social Welfare, said that making advance payments “means people will get their money as soon as possible, a particularly welcome move at this time of year.”
Those who would normally receive their payment on December 29, 30 or 31 should still receive their payments on the same days.
What about other benefit payments?
The same rule applies to all other benefits, including state pension, PIP, family allowance and income support.
Payments normally due on the first three days of the month will be paid on December 31st.
Those who are normally will receive payment on the 4th day of the month, will still receive benefits on January 4th as usual, with the exception of those living in Scotland who will be paid on December 31st.
Will the amount be different?
Only the payment date will change to take the public holiday into account. Any change in amounts paid will be due to eligibility rather than payment dates. More information on public holidays can be found on the UK Government website. here.