DWP benefit payments including Universal Credit and PIP could be paid early in May

Some benefits will be paid differently -Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Some benefits will be paid differently -Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Some DWP benefit claimants may see their cash land in their account earlier than usual.

This is because a bank holiday will fall on May 6 which will directly impact payments set to fall on that date. The Early May bank holiday means that banks will not be processing payments such as benefits.

Because of this, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will instead be paid slightly earlier. This includes Universal Credit, Pension Credit, PIP, and other similar benefits.

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If your benefit was due to be made on May 6, it will instead be paid on the earliest prior working day - May 3.

Money due in your account from the DWP on Monday, May 27, will be paid on Friday, May 24 due to the spring bank holiday later in the month.

If you are on the following benefits you may get your payment early this month:

  • Attendance Allowance

  • Carer’s Allowance

  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • Pension Credit

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

  • State pension

  • Universal Credit

  • Working Tax Credit

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Child Benefit

  • Guardian’s Allowance

If you are unsure what date your benefit or tax credit payments are supposed to be issued, you can contact your local benefits office who can go through it with you. How often you get paid your benefit depends on what type of support you claim.

For example, you’ll get paid Universal Credit on the same day each month, while Tax Credits are typically paid every four weeks or weekly. Meanwhile, child Benefit is usually every four weeks on a Monday or Tuesday.