Christmas benefit payments: 2019 dates for DWP Universal Credit, Jobseeker's Allowance, child tax credit and more

Tom Herbert
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The date people receive their benefit payments will change around the Christmas period, with most claimants set to be paid earlier than usual.

Those receiving Universal Credit, Child Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Tax Credits, pensions and more could be affected by the upcoming bank holidays.

The dates you get paid over Christmas and New Year will vary according to the benefit you receive.

You won't have to do anything if you think you will be affected as it will change automatically.

Here are the dates claimants will receive their benefits over the festive period:

Universal Credit

  • Payment due date: Wednesday December 25
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 24
  • Payment due date: Thursday December 26
  • Payment due date: Wednesday January 1
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 31

Tax Credits

  • Payment due date: Wednesday December 25
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 24
  • Payment due date: Thursday December 26
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 24
  • Payment due date: Wednesday January 1
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 31

For Northern Ireland

  • Payment due date: Friday December 27
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 24

For Scotland

  • Payment due date: Thursday January 2
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 31

Child benefit

Child benefit is usually paid on a Monday or Tuesday every four weeks, so it is unlikely that your payment will be affected by the Christmas holiday this year.

However if it is due over any of the upcoming bank holidays then you can expect the money to arrive early.

  • Payment due date: Wednesday December 25
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 24
  • Payment due date: Thursday December 26
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 24
  • Payment due date: Wednesday January 1
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 31

Other benefits

Attendance Allowance, State Pension, Carer’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker's Allowance, Pension Credit, Personal Independence Payment

  • Payment due date: Wednesday December 25
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 24
  • Payment due date: Thursday December 26
  • Payment received: Tuesday December 24
  • Payment due date: Wednesday January 1
  • Payment sent: Tuesday December 31