Christmas Universal Credit and benefit payments

16.10.2020

As Christmas approaches, it helps to know when you will receive your Universal Credit or other benefits over the festive season.

You may get your money a few days earlier if your usual payment date falls on a bank holiday or weekend, which is a boost when you need it. Remember though, this can also mean that there will be a longer gap than usual before your next payment. 

This year, things are different in that Monday December 28 is a bank holiday, because Boxing Day falls on a Saturday and so doesn’t count as a public holiday.

Have a look at the list below to check the day you would usually expect your payment, and when it is coming over Christmas:

 

Universal Credit

Due date

Payment date

December 24, 25, 26, 27 or 28

December 24

December 29, 30 or 31

No change

January 1, 2021

December 31

 

Universal Credit is usually paid on the same date every month. The free Universal Credit helpline number is 0800 328 5644.

 

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Due date

Payment date

December 24, 25, or 28 

 December 24

December 29, 30 & 31

No change

January 1, 2021

December 31

 

PIP is paid every four weeks on the same day of the week, and is never arranged to fall on a weekend. Your decision letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will tell you the date of your first payment and what day of the week you are paid. If this ends up falling on a bank holiday, you will usually be paid early. The PIP helpline number is 0800 121 4433.

 

Child Benefit

Due date

Payment date

December 28

December 24

December 29

 No change

January 4 or 5, 2021 2020 

 No change in New Year payment dates in England.

 

Child Benefit is usually paid every four weeks on a Monday or Tuesday. This will only be different if the date falls on a bank holiday. The Child Benefit helpline number is 0300 200 3100.

 

Tax Credits

Due date

Payment date

December 25 or 28

 December 24

December 29

No change in England

January 1, 2021

December 31

 

Tax credit payments are made on weekdays, either every week or every four weeks - you choose the frequency of payments when you claim. As with other benefits, dates vary if there is a bank holiday. The Tax Credits helpline number is 0345 300 3900.

 

Don’t struggle in silence

All the DWP helplines are free and open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, except for bank holidays. Call them straight away if your payment doesn’t arrive on time.

If you have any concerns about your money and getting by over Christmas, you can also speak to our financial independence team, who can give you a range of advice and help you access benefits and services you could be entitled to, including food banks and debt charities. Call  0800 169 2988 or email financialindependence.team@plusdane.co.uk.