DWP bank holiday benefits change will affect thousands this week

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will change the payment dates for 12 benefits in May
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will change the payment dates for 12 benefits in May -Credit:PA

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed a significant change to benefit payments this week. Thousands of benefit recipients will receive their payment early this week, ahead of the early May bank holiday.

With two bank holidays this month, most Brits are set to enjoy a pair of three-day weekends. However, this also means that thousands of benefit recipients will see their payment dates altered.

Anyone who would normally receive their benefit payment on Monday, May 6 - when DWP offices, phonelines and Jobcentres will be closed - will instead receive their payment this week. These early payments are due to be made tomorrow (Friday, May 3).

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It's important to note that not every claimant will be impacted by the DWP advancing their payment, as Universal Credit is disbursed on different days for each person. Typically, the payment date is established seven days after you are initially assessed for benefits. This month, 12 benefits alongside Universal Credit will be affected by the date change due to the bank holidays, reports Bristol Live.

The first bank holiday of the month falls on Monday, May 6, so any benefits scheduled to be paid on this date will instead be paid on Friday, May 3. The second May bank holiday is later in the month, on Monday, May 27. Therefore, any benefits due to be paid on this date will be advanced to Friday, May 24.

Later in the year, payments will also be brought forward for the August bank holiday, moving from August 26 to 23; and for Christmas, with payments on December 24 and 25 being advanced to December 23. Universal Credit, which has 6.4 million claimants, is the primary benefit impacted by the payment date alteration.

However, other government benefits, including legacy benefits and tax credit, will also be affected.

They are:

  • Attendance allowance

  • Carer's allowance

  • Child benefit

  • Disability living allowance

  • Employment and support allowance

  • Income support

  • Jobseeker's allowance

  • Pension credit

  • Personal independence payment

  • State pension

  • Tax credits (such as Working Tax Credit)

If your payments are brought forward, the amount you receive will remain the same. However, it's worth bearing in mind that you may need to stretch the payment further due to the allure of a three-day weekend.