DWP and HMRC payments to change on six key dates - check if you're affected

A hand taking money out from an ATM (cashpoint) at a bank
DWP and HMRC benefit dates are to change this week in the first set of rescheduled payments for May -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto

Millions of people are being reminded of changes to benefit payments on six key dates - starting this week. The two May bank holidays will see cash land in accounts on different days than scheduled.

The Early May Bank Holiday on Monday, May 6, and the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday, May 27, will mean DWP and HMRC payments are rescheduled to the nearest working day before. Any benefits due to go in on May 4, 5 or 6 should instead be credited to accounts on Friday, May 3.

Later in the month, any benefits due to go in on May 25, 26 or 27 will be moved so they go in on Friday, May 24, instead. In each case, it means the money will arrive earlier but will have to last longer until the next payment is due.


Which are the six payment date changes in May 2024?

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 or weekend." These are the six affected dates:

  • Payment due May 4 (Saturday) - will be paid on Friday, May 3

  • Payment due May 5 (Sunday) - will be paid on Friday, May 3

  • Payment due May 6 (Bank Holiday Monday) - will be paid on Friday, May 3

  • Payment due May 25 (Saturday) - will be paid on Friday, May 24

  • Payment due May 26 (Sunday) - will be paid on Friday, May 24

  • Payment due May 27 (Bank Holiday Monday) - will be paid on Friday, May 24

Which benefits are affected by the changes?

The DWP confirmed the payments affected by the bank holidays are as follows:

  • 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

  • Universal Credit

  • Tax credits (such as Working Tax Credit)

Universal Credit is the only benefit where a scheduled payment date could fall on a weekend as it is linked to a specific date each month for each claimant. For instance, if your first Universal Credit payment arrived on February 25, it will always go in on the 25th of the month unless that happens to be a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday. In that case, it will instead be paid on the nearest working day beforehand.

Other benefits are tied to a day of the working week so would never fall on a weekend but could still be affected by the bank holidays. This includes State Pension for anyone normally paid on a Monday, which applies to those with a National Insurance number ending with two numbers between 00 and 19.

People who are paid every four weeks - such as those on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - could see the new 2024/2024 rates fully applied to their benefits at the end of this week. This will be the case if their next payment is scheduled for May 6 - a full four weeks after the new increases started on April 8 - and is moved to an earlier date of May 3 because of the bank holiday.

Remember that DWP and HMRC helplines, jobcentres and independent support organisations such as Citizens Advice will all be closed over the bank holiday weekend so it is important to check the payment has gone in before the close of business on Friday. You can see all the upcoming changes in our full guide to May payments here.

It's also important to note that Tuesday payments directly after the bank holiday - those due on May 7 or May 28 - won't be affected. Payments are processed automatically so despite the closures the day before they will go in as usual.

Get breaking news on BirminghamLive WhatsApp. Join our dedicated community to get the latest updates. You can find out more in our Money Saving Newsletter which is sent out daily with all the updates you need to know on pensions, benefits, finances, bills and shopping discounts.