Payments for benefits will change over the holidays – and some people might feel better.

After the program was opened for cold weather payments on November 1, some beneficiaries were able to collect an additional £ 25 per week when temperatures dropped.

And Gloucestershire Live reports that retirees who qualify for the system could receive an extra £ 140 for their heating costs.

Not everyone can benefit from it, but the majority of beneficiaries can expect a disruption to their payment due to festive holidays.

For example, there may be a change in the payment plan for persons with universal credit or state pension at Christmas and New Year.

This applies to those whose payments are due on public holidays during these periods and usually means that they are due on the last working day before the payment.

However, the changed date depends on the type of service and not everyone will be affected – so the changes will follow next month.

Universal credit

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Universal credit

Universal loan payments are usually made on a monthly basis, except in Scotland, where some receive two payments per month.

The benefit, which replaced many previous benefits, will be influenced by the upcoming celebratory period.

This means that some recipients see payments earlier than they are due – if they fall on Christmas Day, Boxtag, or New Year's Day:

  • Payment due : Wednesday, December 25th Payment sent : Tuesday, December 24th
  • Payment due : Thursday, December 26th Payment sent : Tuesday, December 24th
  • Payment due : Wednesday, January 1st Payment sent : Tuesday, December 31st

tax credit

Tax credit payments due on the above-mentioned holiday dates will also be scheduled earlier in the affected weeks.

This means that recipients of this service can now expect payments to meet the following schedule:

  • Payment due : Wednesday, December 25th Payment sent : Tuesday, December 24th
  • Payment due : Thursday, December 26th Payment sent : Tuesday, December 24th
  • Payment due: Friday, December 27th. Payment sent: Tuesday, December 24 (Northern Ireland only).
  • Payment due : Wednesday, January 1st Payment sent : Tuesday, December 31st
  • Payment due: Thursday, January 2nd. Payment sent: Tuesday, December 31 (Scotland only).

There are often differences in the rescheduling of tax credits and, as shown above, those in Northern Ireland and Scotland may continue to be affected by their extended payment periods.

child benefit

It is unlikely that child benefit recipients will be affected by the upcoming holidays, as benefits are usually paid every 4 weeks on a Monday or Tuesday.

However, there may be some people whose fixed payments are due on non-compliant dates, and therefore should be aware of the alternative schedule:

  • Payment due : Wednesday, December 25th Payment sent : Tuesday, December 24th
  • Payment due : Thursday, December 26th Payment sent : Tuesday, December 24th
  • Payment due : Wednesday, January 1st Payment sent : Tuesday, December 31st

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Other benefits incl. State pension and PIP

It is not just the universal loans and the other benefits mentioned that are affected by the holidays next month.

The following benefits may also include changed payment dates:

  • presence of aid
  • State pension
  • care
  • Disabled life support
  • Employment and assistance allowance
  • unemployment benefits
  • Pension credit
  • Personal independence payments

These benefits should – in cases where payment is due on a holiday – also comply with the standard rule that they are postponed to the working day before that date:

  • Payment due: Wednesday, December 25th. Payment sent: Tuesday, December 24th
  • Payment due: Thursday, December 26th. Payment sent: Tuesday, December 24th
  • Payment due: Wednesday, January 1st. Payment sent: Tuesday, December 31st
  • If you do not receive your benefit payment on the above modification date, you should contact the Ministry of Labor and Pensions as soon as possible on the revised date.

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