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May bank holiday: When will Universal Credit & child benefit be paid?

Many are wondering if the holidays will affect payment dates (Picture: Getty)

The late May bank holiday is nearly here, which means an extra day off for people across the UK on Monday, May 31.

While the prospect of reopened pubs – or just pottering in the garden – is appealing, bank holidays can also affect crucial payment dates for many people in need.

Whether it’s Universal Credit or child benefit, it’s worth making a note of when benefits will be paid this month, as many people’s payment dates will change.

When will Universal Credit be paid over the bank holiday weekend?

Payment dates are usually fixed from the date of your first instalment – so if you got paid on the 20th of the month initially, it will always arrive on that date.

However, if that date falls on a bank holiday, you’ll be paid on the Friday before.

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If your Universal Credit date falls on a bank holiday, you’ll be paid on the Friday before. (Picture: Getty)

For example:

  • Saturday, May 28 – Will be paid on Friday, May 27
  • Sunday, May 28 – Paid on Friday, May 27
  • Monday, May 28 – Paid on Friday, May 27

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) normally take around five weeks to process the initial payment, so it’s worth bearing that in mind if you’re waiting for your first instalment.

When will child benefit be paid over the bank holiday weekend?

Child benefit is usually paid out every four weeks at the beginning of the week (usually Monday or Tuesday).

If you’re a single parent, however, you can get weekly instalments.

If you’re expecting a payment on Monday, May 31, you should receive it on Friday, May 28.

When will Personal Independence Payment (PIP) be paid?

Your payments should be paid every four weeks, and they don’t fall on weekends.

On your DWP letter, there should be details about the dates you can expect to receive them.

If one of those dates is Monday, May 31, you should receive it on Friday, May 28.

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The May bank holiday will affect many people’s payment dates (Picture: Getty)

When will state pensions, tax credits, ESA and JSA payments be paid over the bank holiday?

Your state pension, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) payments would never fall on a weekend.

If any of them are due on Monday, May 31, you’ll receive it earlier, on Friday, May 28.


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