The August holiday may change to the day you receive your benefit payments – we explain that below.
This applies to anyone applying for Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or other benefit payments.
When is the public holiday in August?
The summer holiday for most of the UK falls on Monday August 31st.
It is the last holiday of the year for the most part before Christmas Day.
In Scotland, the summer holiday fell on Monday August 3.
The Scots also have an autumn holiday for St. Andrew’s Day which falls on November 30.
How benefit payment is affected by the public holiday
If your benefit payments are due on a statutory holiday Monday, that will change the day you receive your money.
The government says you should generally receive your benefits the working day before the holiday.
For a holiday Monday, this means that you will be paid the previous Friday.
For example, anyone due to receive their money on Monday August 31st should be paid today, Friday August 28th.
The full list of benefits that could be affected by the holiday
Here are all the benefits that the government lists on their website that could be advanced and how often they are usually paid:
- Attendance allowance – usually paid every four weeks
- Care allowance – usually paid every four weeks
- Family allowances – usually paid every four weeks (weekly for some parents)
- Disabled allowance – usually paid every four weeks
- Employment and support allowance – usually paid every two weeks
- Income support – usually paid every two weeks
- Job search allowance – usually paid every two weeks
- Annuity credit – usually paid every four weeks
- Personal independence payment – usually paid every four weeks
- State pension – usually paid every four weeks
- Tax credits (such as the labor tax credit) – usually paid every four weeks
- Universal Credit – each month
This applies to benefits such as universal credit, personal independence payment, and employment and support allowance.
It also applies to pension credit and tax credits.
An exception concerns applicants for child benefit in Scotland which will actually be paid one day late.
The government website said Scots expecting a child benefit payment on Monday August 3 will get it on Tuesday August 4.
Those who were waiting for payment on Tuesday August 4 were also delayed by one day and therefore received their money on Wednesday August 5.
This exception only applies to Child Benefit in Scotland, so no further benefit payments should be late.
Will the move change the amount I get paid?
You will still receive the same amount you usually receive because it is just the payment date that changes.
This means that it should not affect subsequent benefit payments either.
Getting paid early might seem like a good thing, but it means you’ll need to make your money last a little longer until your next payday.
Make sure you plan ahead and budget for the extra days.
You don’t have to do anything to get the prepayment – it will happen automatically.
But if your payments are late on the holiday, you should check the payment date on your award notice and contact your bank before call the HMRC.
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