Universal Credit claimant sends message to Rishi Sunak
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However, benefit claimants may be affected by the upcoming August bank holiday long weekend.
At the end of the month, most of the UK will be enjoying the August bank holiday and the end of summer.
Due to the upcoming bank holiday, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has reached out to claimants about an alternative payday.
For England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the next bank holiday is August 30, which is on a Monday.
Scotland’s bank holiday is earlier in the month, August 2, so claimants in that country will not be affected by the pending changes.
In a statement, the DWP said: “To make sure people receive their payments on a day when Jobcentre Plus offices are open, arrangements have been made to make some payments early.
“If the expected payment date is Monday August 30, benefits will be paid on Friday August 27.
Benefits: Universal Credit, PIP and State Pension payments to arrive early next week (Image: GETTY)
All benefits and the state pension are usually handed out to claimants on a regular monthly schedule.
Due to the different dates and amounts paid to claimants on benefits, it is vital anyone affected by these changes contacts the DWP to be informed of their situation.
The Government has outlined the different payment schedules for each individual benefit for claimants:
Attendance allowance -usually every four weeks
Carer’s allowance – weekly in advance or every four weeks
Child benefit – usually every four weeks or weekly
Disability living allowance – usually every four weeks
Employment and support allowance – usually every two weeks
Income support – usually every two weeks
Jobseeker’s Allowance – usually every two weeks
Pension Credit – usually every four weeks
PIP – usually every four weeks
State pension – usually every four weeks
Tax credits, such as Working Tax Credits – every four weeks or weekly
Universal Credit – every month
Benefits: What is Universal Credit? (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)
Jobcentres across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will also be closed during the bank holiday, so claimants should contact their local office for queries the week before.
Claimants should be reminded that if they are due to receive payment on Saturday, August 28, they will be paid on Friday, August 27
If they are due to be paid on Sunday, August 29 , claimants will receive their payment on Friday, August 27.
While Universal Credit, PIP and the state pension are the three most popular benefits to claim, there is other support that will be affected by the change in date.
Different tax credits from HMRC, including child tax credit and working tax credit will also be hit.
Other benefits affected by the change include Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance.
As well as announcing the change of the dates, the DWP also issued guidance for claimants confused as to why their payment is not included in the list of benefits.
The department said: “If the expected payment date is not shown [on the list], customers will get their money on their usual payment date.”
Payments are likely to be just after midnight, however this is dependent on who claimants are banking with.
If anyone is questioning if they are entitled to state benefits, they can contact their local Jobcentre or phone the DWP for advice.