When will universal credit claimants be paid in August?

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A three-day weekend is upon us and benefit payment dates are expected to change for thousands

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A three-day weekend is upon us and payment dates are expected to change for thousands of Universal Credit applicants.

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The summer holiday takes place on August 29.

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Applicants also received their money earlier than usual over Easter and the bank holiday in early May.

When are Universal Credit applicants paid in August?

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While payment is made once a month, if your payment day falls on a weekend or holiday, payment will be made on the last business day before.

So if you receive your payment on Monday 29th August, you will receive it the last business day before.

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You should expect to arrive three days early on Friday 26th August.

And if your payment date falls on a normal business day outside of public holidays, you will receive your payment as normal.

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Will the amount you receive change?

The amount of Universal Credit you receive will not change even if it is paid on different days than usual.

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The same applies to benefit payments.

However, since you’ll get paid a little earlier, you need to make sure you’re keeping an eye on your spending.

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You have to stretch your money over the period until your next payment.

If something is wrong and you think you’re owed a payment and it hasn’t arrived, you can call the Department for Works and Pensions.

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Are other benefit payment dates affected by public holidays?

Universal Credit isn’t the only benefit that can be impacted by holidays.

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The payment dates for the following benefits will also change:

  • State Pension
  • Employment Subsidy (ESA)
  • Unemployment Benefit (JSA)
  • need of care
  • pension credit
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

What other holidays affect benefit payments?

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Later this year there will be two more public holidays in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and three in Scotland.

Make sure you write down the dates so you know when your payments will change.

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Here is the list of remaining public holidays in 2022:

  • Wednesday 30 November – St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only)
  • Monday 26th December – Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December – Christmas Day (substitute day)

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