People who receive benefits like Universal Credit, child support, and housing benefit will see a change in their payment date
People who receive benefits will see their payment date change over the May 2022 bank holiday.
People look forward to something else holiday weekendbut for service recipients may day means there will be changes in payment receipt.
So why will there be a change? benefit payments and when can you expect to receive your pension payment?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Which services are affected?
Benefit payments including Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Employed Tax Credit, Child Benefit, Employment Assistance (ESA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Unemployment Benefit (JSA), Nursing Allowance, Nursing Allowance, and Retirement Credit are affected by public holidays.
Why will there be a change in benefit payment dates?
All banks are closed on public holidays, so services are processed differently on these days.
When will the benefits be received?
If you receive a benefit payment over a holiday, you can expect it to arrive in your bank account early.
This is because banks process all payments in advance before closing for a long weekend.
The nearest bank holiday weekend is between Saturday April 30th and Monday May 2nd and if you would normally receive your benefit on one of those days then you can expect to receive it earlier.
The Department for Works and Pensions has said if your normal payment deadline is Monday 2 May, you can expect your payment on Friday 29 April.
What do I have to do to receive my pension payment before the holiday?
All benefit payments are automatic, so you don’t have to do anything if you receive one in the coming days.
If your payment date falls on a normal day that is not a holiday, you will receive your payment as normal.
However, if it falls on a public holiday, you will receive your payment early.
There is no need to contact the Department of Works and Pensions.
What changes have been made to benefit payments this year?
Several benefit paymentsincluding Universal Credit, unemployment benefits, housing benefits and state pensions, were increased earlier this month.
Beneficiaries have seen their payments surge as tax rates increased by 3.1% to align with the start of the new tax year, which went into effect on April 6.
Benefits typically increase each year to reflect the growing cost of everyday items and expenses like groceries and bills, but with that Cost of Living Crisis The continuation of the increase is badly needed for many families across the country.
For more information about the increase in benefit payments and what you may be entitled to, see Government website.
When are the other public holidays in 2022?
There are a few more holidays coming up this year.
Some are available across the UK, others only in Scotland. They are all listed below.
Service recipients can also expect early receipt of payment on these dates.
- Monday 2 May: bank holiday in early May
- Thursday 2 June: Spring Holiday
- Friday June 3rd: Platinum Anniversary Holiday
- Monday 1 August: Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only)
- Monday 29 August: Summer holiday
- Wednesday 1 November: St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only)
- Monday 26 December: Boxing Day
- Tuesday, December 27: Substitute for Christmas Day
The Department for Works and Pensions has confirmed the payment date you can expect for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.
If your payment date falls on Thursday 2nd June or Friday 3rd June, you will likely receive your money on Wednesday 1st June as both days are public holidays.
The Ministry has not yet announced the exact payment dates for the other public holidays.
What do I do if I need additional financial help?
If the amount of social assistance is not enough to live on or if you need help while you are waiting for the first payment, you can apply for a hardship benefit.
However, you have to pay this back.