June 2 and 3 have been set aside as public holidays, as the country prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As a result, benefits due on these dates will be temporarily paid on different dates.
The Platinum Jubilee marks 70 years on the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, making her the first monarch in UK history to celebrate the anniversary.
The momentous occasion triggered two bank holidays, giving Britons a four-day weekend in the first week of June.
However, it also means a slight disruption for those expecting to receive benefits on those dates.
Banks, building societies, DWP and HMRC offices generally close on public holidays, meaning these benefit payments would not be feasible on the usual dates.
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People expecting payments on holidays can expect their money on June 1 instead.
People waiting for their benefits before or after the long weekend will not be affected.
This is a temporary change in payment dates due to the long weekend.
Similar to changed payment dates around Easter and Christmas, when public holidays interfere with normal procedures.
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If the application is successful, they will typically receive their first payment seven days after the end of their first trial period.
From then on, their Universal Credit will be paid on this date every month.
For example, if a person applies on May 1, their first contribution period will end on May 31.
They will receive their first payment on June 7 and on the 7th of each month thereafter.