DWP issues early payments for Universal Credit and other benefits this week

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that it will be issuing early payments to Universal Credit claimants this week. This change in payment dates is due to a key adjustment being made ahead of the late May Bank Holiday.

If your benefit payment is scheduled for Monday, May 27, you'll likely receive your Universal Credit on Friday, May 24 instead. This is because the DWP does not distribute benefits on bank holidays.

Those receiving the following benefits may also see their payments arrive earlier: Attendance Allowance, Carer's Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Jobseeker's Allowance, Pension Credit, Personal Independence Payment, State Pension, and Universal Credit are also affected. Other benefits set to be paid early include Child Benefit/Guardian's Allowance, Working Tax Credits, and Child Tax Credits.

Anyone due a payment on Monday, May 27 will instead receive it on Friday, May 24, later this week. If your usual benefit payment date falls outside of a bank holiday, nothing will change, reports Birmingham Live.

If you are expecting a payment one day before the bank holiday and don't receive it, you should contact the DWP.

The DWP's website states that when making a claim, you'll be required to provide your bank, building society or credit union account details. It further clarifies that exceptions are only made for those who encounter difficulties in opening or managing an account.

Consumer and help groups such as NI Direct advise on their websites that if you're unable to open or manage a bank, building society or credit union account, you should get in touch with the office that handles your benefit to explore alternative payment methods.

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