Bank holiday payments dates 2020: Here's when Universal Credit, tax credit and benefits will be paid
THE August bank holiday could mean a small change to the day you get paid if you claim benefits – here's everything you need to know.
This applies to anyone who receives Universal Credit, personal independence payments (PIP), employment and support allowance (ESA) or other benefits payments.
When is the August bank holiday?
The summer bank holiday for most of the UK falls on Monday, August 31.
It's the last bank holiday of the year for most before Christmas Day.
In Scotland, the summer bank holiday fell on Monday, August 3.
The Scots also get an autumn bank holiday for St Andrew's Day which falls on November 30.
How benefit payments are affected by the bank holiday
If your benefit payments are due to fall on the bank holiday Monday, it will change the day you get your money.
The government says you should usually receive your benefits on the working day before the bank holiday.
For a bank holiday Monday this means you will be paid on the previous Friday.
For instance, anyone due to receive their cash on Monday, August 31, will actually get paid on Friday, August 28.
The full list of benefits that could be affected by the bank holiday
HERE are all the benefits the government lists on its website that could be moved forwards and how often they are usually paid:
- Attendance allowance – usually paid every four weeks
- Carer's allowance – usually paid every four weeks
- Child benefit – usually paid every four weeks (weekly for some parents)
- Disability living allowance – usually paid every four weeks
- Employment and support allowance – usually paid every two weeks
- Income support – usually paid every two weeks
- Jobseeker's allowance – usually paid every two weeks
- Pension 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 working tax credit) – usually paid every four weeks
- Universal Credit – every 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.
One exception is child benefit claimants in Scotland who will actually be paid a day late.
The government website said that Scots expecting a child benefit payment on Monday, August 3 would get it on Tuesday, August 4.
Those expecting payment on Tuesday, August 4, were also delayed a day so got their money on Wednesday, August 5.
This exception only applies to child benefit in Scotland, so no other benefit payments should be late.
Will the move change how much I'm paid?
You'll still receive the same amount you usually do as it is just the payment date that is changing.
This means it shouldn't affect later benefit payments either.
Getting paid early might seem like a good thing, but it does mean you'll need to make your money last slightly longer until your next payday, so you'll need to budget for the extra days.
You don't need to do anything to get the early payment – it will happen automatically.
But if your payments are late over the bank holiday you need to check the payment date on your award notice and contact your bank before calling HMRC.
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