Universal Credit payments May bank holiday: When is Universal Credit paid?

Universal Credit payments May bank holiday: When is Universal Credit paid?

In 2020, the Spring Bank Holiday, otherwise known as the Late May Bank Holiday, will fall on Monday, May 25. It will mean changes to when Universal Credit – a monthly welfare payment which replaces six other benefits – is paid.

When will Universal Credit be paid?

According to the Government website, Universal Credit is “a payment to help with your living costs and is paid monthly, or twice a month for some people in Scotland”.

People may be able to get it if they are on a low income, out of work, or unable to work.

Universal Credit is replacing the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

Woman checking an ATM

Universal Credit payments will be different due to the upcoming bank holiday (Image: Getty)

Pound notes and a coin

Universal Credit is a combination of six different benefits (Image: Getty)

If you currently claim for any of these benefits, you do not need to do anything unless:

  • You have a change of circumstances which you need to report
  • The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contacts you about moving to Universal Credit
  • Universal Credit is paid every four weeks on the same date. It will also vary slightly over the bank holidays of May.

Money in a glass pot

People can claim Universal Credit is they are on a low income, out of work or unable to work (Image: Getty)

Spring Bank Holiday weekend

Due: Saturday, May 23 Paid: Friday, May 22

Paid: Sunday, May 24 Paid: Friday, May 22

Due: Monday, May 25 Paid Friday, May 22

What if my payment doesn’t go in?

The Department for Work and Pensions told Birmingham Live: “If a payment date is on a bank holiday or weekend, customers will be paid on the last working day before the bank holiday weekend.”

If you do not receive your payment as expected, call 0800 328 9344 from Monday to Friday 8am-6pm.

Note that you will not be able to speak to DWP or Universal Credit staff over the bank holiday weekend.

A good tip is to ensure you have your money before the weekend begins.

Published at Wed, 20 May 2020 21:21:00 +0000