DWP and HMRC payments to change on three key dates as claimants urged to check

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DWP and HMRC payment schedules will change because of the May Bank Holiday with claimants urged to check their accounts before the weekend begins -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto

Millions are set to see changes in their benefit payments over the coming days. The May bank holiday weekend will disrupt the usual schedule and result in funds going into accounts on a different date.

The Spring Bank Holiday, also known as the Late May Bank Holiday, falls on Monday, May 27, prompting the DWP and HMRC to adjust people's due dates to the nearest working day beforehand. Benefits typically paid on May 25, 26, or 27 should now be credited to accounts on Friday, May 24.

While this means people will receive their money sooner, the funds will have to stretch further until the next scheduled payment. Advisors have urged claimants to plan their finances carefully so they avoid being left short during the longer interval before their next due date.


The Department for Work and Pensions says: "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."

The three altered payment dates are:

  • 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.

The DWP has listed the benefits impacted by the bank holiday adjustments, including Attendance Allowance, Carer's Allowance, Child Benefit, and Disability Living Allowance. Also affected are Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Pension Credit, Personal Independence Payment, State Pension, Universal Credit, and 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 weekday 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.

Many people will now be seeing the new 2024/2024 rates fully applied to their benefits, including those paid this week and next week. For those on Universal Credit, the first to see the new amounts were those paid on May 14. Some will have to wait until June, depending on their assessment periods.

Bear in mind that DWP and HMRC helplines, jobcentres and independent support organisations such as Citizens Advice will all be shut over the bank holiday weekend. Therefore, it's crucial to ensure the cash has been received before the close of business on Friday as there'll be no chance to report a missing payment after that until next Tuesday.

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

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