Universal Credit Christmas payment dates 2021: will I get paid early because of the bank vacation?

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Universal Credit payment dates can change over Christmas

SOME advantages are paid on totally different dates than normal over the festive season, together with Universal Credit.

Because Christmas this yr is a bank vacation, payment dates are sooner than anticipated.

Universal Credit payment dates can change over ChristmasCredit: Getty

This yr, bank holidays Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Saturday and Sunday

“Substitute” bank holidays comply with on the subsequent working days afterwards – the Monday and Tuesday.

That’s because the bank holidays do not rely on a weekend.

It means there are two bank holidays over Christmas 2021 on December Monday 27 and Tuesday 28.

If you often get your Universal Credit paid on these dates, you may count on a change.

When will my Universal Credit be paid over Christmas?

Universal Credit is paid as soon as a month into your bank, constructing society or credit score union account.

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If your profit payment date falls on a bank vacation, you may often be paid on the working day earlier than.

That means you will get your Universal Credit payment sooner than normal, on Friday December 24 – Christmas Eve – which is a traditional working day.

You need not do something in case your normal date for getting Universal Credit falls on a bank vacation.

The payment is about to be made earlier robotically.

If your payment date falls on a traditional day that is not a bank vacation this festive season, you then’ll get your payment as normal.

What different profit payment dates will change over Christmas?

A quantity of different profit funds are more likely to comply with the identical adjustments too.

State Pension funds are one of them, plus the following:

  • Employment help allowance (ESA)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) 
  • Carer’s allowance
  • Pension credit score
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
  • Attendance allowance

If you usually get any of these advantages and predict a payment on Monday, December 27 or Tuesday, December 28, you may get it earlier on Friday, December 24 as an alternative.

Anyone getting tax credit or little one profit will additionally obtain their funds early on December 24.

Will the quantity of Universal Credit I’m paid change?

The quantity of Universal Credit you get will not change if it is paid on a distinct date this Christmas.

Neither will any of the different advantages, until you’ve got had a change of circumstances that impacts how a lot you get at the identical time.

Remember, being paid sooner than regular implies that you may have to make it stretch for additional days as you may have longer to attend till subsequent month’s payment.

Make certain you are taking this into consideration when understanding your family finances.

What if my Universal Credit payment is delayed this Bank Holiday?

If your cash just isn’t paid on time, then you need to double test the date you get paid usually and phone your bank earlier than calling DWP.

If one thing’s not proper, you can too submit a criticism to the DWP.

What different bank holidays might have an effect on my Universal Credit funds?

December 27 and 28 aren’t the solely bank holidays developing over the festive season.

There are additionally bank holidays over the new yr:

  • January 3, 2022
  • January 4, 2022 (Scotland solely)

In most instances, the DWP says in case your payment is due on a bank vacation you may be paid on the working day earlier than.

As New Years Day falls on Saturday this yr, there’s a bank vacation on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Payments are often made early, to allow them to be anticipated on Friday, December 31, 2021.

But as there are variations for Scotland and Northern Ireland bank holidays, these could also be paid after.

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