Payment dates for universal credit, tax credits and other benefits will change during the holiday in August



Households receiving state allowances are advised that payment dates will vary next week due to the last public holiday.

Family allowances, family allowances, state pension, income support and other payments that are normally settled on August 31 should be aware that the money may appear in bank accounts a little earlier.

The annual holiday falls on Monday August 31 – meaning all DWP payments due on that day will instead arrive on Friday August 28, reports Mirror Online.

The change covers all those who receive the carer’s allowance and applicants who usually receive their universal credit allowance on Mondays. It also affects the payment of family allowances.

Family allowances were first introduced in the 1970s to help working parents cover their living expenses. Today he pays around £ 20.70 per week for the first child and £ 13.70 per week for subsequent children.

However, if an applicant or their partner has an income of more than £ 50,000 per year, they are liable for the High Income Child Benefit. This means that one percent of every £ 100 earned will be refunded to the government at the end of the tax year. Learn more about how it works, here.

Tax credits are completely segregated and given to those who need them most. This includes families who need help looking after children, workers with disabilities, and people with low incomes.

There are two types of tax credit: the child tax credit and the labor tax credit. You may be eligible for one or both, depending on your situation.

You don’t have to suffer in silence if you have mental health issues. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help:

Samaritans: Call 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], confidentially

Childline: Telephone 0800 1111. Calls are free and will not appear on your bill

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organization supporting suicidal adolescents and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to other information about its website

Students Against Depression: A website for depressed, moody, or suicidal students. Click on here to visit

Bullying UK: A website for children and adults affected by bullying. Click on here

Campaign Against Miserable Life (CALM): for young men who feel miserable. Has a website here and a hotline: 0800 58 58 58

This is when the benefits can be expected for the August holiday.

Tax credits

A Job Center Plus branch

Child tax credits and work tax credits can be paid weekly or monthly.

If you wait for your tax credit to be paid on August 31, you will receive it on August 28.

Family allowances, PIP, pension credit, DLA, care allowance and state pension

These benefits are generally paid every four weeks – except in the case of family allowances where single parents can choose to receive them weekly.

If you’re expecting payments for any of the above on August 31, you will receive them on August 28 instead.

ESA and income assistance

ESA and Income Assistance are generally paid every two weeks. If your payment is due on a holiday, you will be paid on the last business day before the holiday. In this case, August 28.

Universal Credit

There are payment changes due to the public holiday

Universal Credit payment dates tend to vary from person to person – but you won’t be affected unless your payment day falls on Monday.

If your regular monthly payment date is August 31, you will receive it a little earlier on August 28.

When will the money be paid?

Funds should be available shortly after midnight on the day they are due, usually in the early hours.

Some banks deposit money into your account around 11:30 p.m. so you can withdraw it by midnight on payday. Others will release your funds at midnight or a few minutes later.

But in some cases you have to wait between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., while others won’t let you touch your money until at least 6 a.m. on payday.

Here are typical payment terms for banks:

  • Clydesdale, Yorkshire – 11:30 p.m. the day before at 12:30 a.m.
  • Lloyds – from midnight to 1 a.m.
  • Bank of Scotland – from midnight to 1:30 am
  • Metro Bank – from midnight to 2 a.m.
  • Barclays, Coop – 1h to 2h
  • Natwest, RBS, Ulster Bank, Nationwide – 2h to 3h
  • Halifax – 3h to 4h
  • HSBC, Santander – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

What to do if the payment does not arrive

Contact your bank or the relevant government department to find out if there is a delay.

Keep in mind that most offices will be closed on Monday August 31, so contact them on Friday August 28 if you have any concerns.

Universal Credit

Universal Direct Credit Service: 0800 328 9344 (this replaces 0345 600 0723)
Full Universal Credit Service: 0800 328 5644 (this replaces 0345 600 4272)
Textphone for the hearing impaired: 0800 328 1344

Call between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday (closed on public holidays).

Tax credits

0345 300 3900 (text telephone 0345 300 3909).

Child benefit helpline

Call Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Telephone: 0300 200 3100
Welsh language: 0300 200 1900
Text phone: 0300 200 3103

PIP survey line

Telephone: 0800 121 4433
Textphone: 0800 121 4493 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DLA survey line

Telephone: 0800 121 4600
Textphone: 0800 121 4523 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

ESA and the ‘New Style’ ESA Hotline

Telephone: 0800 169 0310
Text phone: 0800 169 0314

Welsh language: 0800 328 1744
Monday to Friday, from 8am to 18pm

Pension line of credit

Telephone: 0800 99 1234
Text: 0800 169 0133 Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.



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