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calendar icon20 May 2024

Will your benefit payments be affected by the late May bank holiday?

If you’re due to receive a benefit payment on Monday 27 May, it’ll be paid into your account three days earlier. Payments will be made on Friday 24 May due to the Spring bank holiday the following week. If you’re usually paid on the 25th or 26th of the month, you’ll also be paid on Friday.

Which benefits are affected?

The following payments may be affected:

  • attendance allowance
  • carer’s allowance
  • child benefit
  • child tax credit
  • employment support allowance
  • guardian’s allowance
  • jobseeker’s allowance
  • pension credit
  • personal independence payment
  • state pension
  • universal credit
  • working tax credit

Will I get the same amount?

You should get the same amount, unless you’ve told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about any changes in your circumstances.

Do I need to do anything?

You don’t need to do anything if you’re due to be paid on bank holiday Monday as you’ll automatically receive your payment on Friday.

However, getting paid earlier means you’ll need to make the same amount of money lasts longer so you don’t run out before your next payment. Make sure you budget for this.

What if I don’t get paid on 24 May?

If you’re due to be paid on 25, 26 or 27 May and you don’t automatically receive a payment on Friday, you should:

  • double check your payment date
  • contact DWP directly

If your payment is incorrect for any reason, you can complain to DWP.

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Rebecca Routledge

A qualified journalist for over 15 years with a background in financial services. Rebecca is Money Wellness’s consumer champion, helping you improve your financial wellbeing by providing information on everything from income maximisation to budgeting and saving tips.

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