Universal credit: modification of the payment date for DWP benefits for the May 2021 public holidays
With several public holidays coming up in May, the payment dates for Universal Credit and other benefit seekers are subject to change.
As May 1 falls on a weekend this year, the first public holiday is Monday May 3.
The second public holiday is Monday May 31st.
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If you normally receive your payment on those days, you will likely receive your money on a different date, ChronicleLive reports.
If you get paid earlier, you will need to make your money last longer because there will be a longer wait until your next payment.
Benefit payment dates for public holidays at the beginning of May
If you are claiming tax credits or family allowances and your payment is due on Monday, May 3, you can expect to be paid the previous Friday, which is April 30.
Tax credits are usually paid every four weeks or every week, while family allowances are usually paid every four weeks on a Monday or Tuesday.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has not yet confirmed when other benefits – including universal credit and PIP – will be paid.
But if it follows a similar pattern to last year, you might also get paid the previous Friday.
You won’t have to do anything if you get paid early, as the money will still arrive as usual.
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Benefit payment dates for the second public holiday in May
Tax credit and family allowance applicants can also expect to be paid earlier if their payment date falls on the second public holiday.
This means that if you are due to be paid on Monday May 31st, you will be paid on Friday May 28th instead.
Again, the DWP has yet to confirm payment dates for other benefits.
But if it’s like last year, you’ll probably get paid the previous Friday, so May 28, if you apply for universal credit or other payments.