MILLIONS of households receiving benefits can expect payments today.
Holidays may change when the cash arrives in your bank account.
The Department of Labor and Pensions confirmed early payments for 12 benefits.
This includes Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Income Support.
This year, Christmas falls on a Sunday, followed by Boxing Day on Monday and then a public holiday on the 27th.
So anyone who usually gets paid on the 25th, 26th, or 27th of the month will get paid earlier.
This is because Boxing Day is a public holiday anyway, and the 27th is a “replacement” of the public holiday for Christmas.
Any payments normally made on these dates will be due today, December 23rd.
Payment dates also change during the New Year period.
Here we explain the changes and when you can expect benefits.
What benefits are paid at the beginning of this week due to Christmas?
DWP has shared the full list of benefits that will be paid out earlier this month.
- care allowance
- care allowance
- Child benefit
- disability benefit
- Employment and support allowance
- Income support
- Unemployment benefit
- Retirement loan
- Paying for personal independence
- State pension
- Tax credits (e.g. working tax credit)
- Universal Credit
How do I know if I receive my benefits early?
Not everyone will receive their benefits early – it depends on the date you are usually paid.
If you normally get paid on the 24th or 25th of each month, you should receive your payment today, December 23rd, as those dates fall on a weekend this year.
If you usually get your paid benefits on the following dates, you will get your money today.
- Saturday 24 December
- Sunday 25 December
- Monday, December 26
- Tuesday, December 27
You will also get paid on December 23rd if you normally get paid on Wednesday, December 28th, except for Universal Credit, which will still be paid on a regular day.
Tax credit payments, normally made on the 29th of each month, will be paid one day earlier in England and Scotland.
If you normally get paid on the 2nd, you will get paid on December 30, 2022 because January 2, 2023 is a public holiday.
Universal Credit and Benefit payments due on January 3rd will be received on time unless you live in Scotland where you will receive them on December 30th.
Those who receive their tax credit on the 3rd of each month will receive their January payment on December 30th.
Applicants for the tax credit in England and Northern Ireland, who are due on January 4, will receive them a day earlier.
Will my benefit amount change?
The amount you receive should not change.
It will be the same as in previous months, unless your circumstances have changed that affect how much you receive at the same time.
You don’t have to do anything if your regular State Pension date falls on a public holiday.
Don’t forget that if you get paid early, you will have to earn the money you receive further, as you will have extra days to wait until the next due date.
Make sure you include this in your budget.
If your money is not paid on time, then you should double check the date you are normally paid and contact your bank.
Otherwise, you should contact the DWP.
You can also file a complaint with the DWP for any unpaid benefits.
In other news, households can get up to £400 in cash straight into their accounts by switching banks this winter.
In addition, we are opening 800 zip codes in the £50 queue for cold weather payments following the recent cold snap.
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