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Universal Credit, tax credit and benefit August bank holiday payment dates 2020

THE August bank holiday is just around the corner, which means a lovely long weekend for many UK workers.

But for anyone who receives Universal Credit, PIP, ESA or other benefits payments it could mean a small change to the day you get paid.

Most benefits will be paid early if they are due to fall on a bank holiday including Universal Credit
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Most benefits will be paid early if they are due to fall on a bank holiday including Universal CreditCredit: Alamy

Here's everything you need to know about how the bank holiday will affect your benefits.

When is the August bank holiday?

The summer bank holiday for most of the UK falls on Monday, August 31.

It's the last bank holiday of the year before Christmas Day.

In Scotland, the summer bank holiday falls earlier on Monday, August 3.

The Scots also get an autumn bank holiday for St. Andrews Day which falls on November 30.

How benefits payments are affected by the bank holiday

If your benefits payments are due to fall on the bank holiday Monday, it will change the day you get your money.

The government says that you should usually receive your benefits on the working day before the bank holiday.

For a bank holiday Monday this means you will be paid on the previous Friday.

For instance, anyone due to receive their cash on Monday, August 31, will actually get paid on Friday, August 28.

The full list of benefits that could be affected by the bank holiday

HERE'S all the benefits the government lists on its website that could be moved forwards and how often they are usually paid

  • Attendance Allowance - usually paid every four weeks
  • Carer's Allowance - usually paid every four weeks
  • Child Benefit - usually paid every four weeks (weekly for some parents)
  • Disability Living Allowance - usually paid every four weeks
  • Employment and Support Allowance - usually paid every two weeks
  • Income Support - usually paid every two weeks
  • Jobseeker's Allowance - usually paid every two weeks
  • Pension Credit - usually paid every four weeks
  • Personal Independence Payment - usually paid every four weeks
  • State Pension - usually paid every four weeks
  • Tax Credits (such as Working Tax Credit) - usually paid every four weeks
  • Universal Credit - every month

This applies to benefits such as Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance.

It also applies to pension credit and tax credits.

One exception is child benefit claimants in Scotland who will actually be paid a day late.

The government website says that Scots expecting a child benefit payment on Monday August 3 should get it on Tuesday August 4.

Those expecting payment on Tuesday August 4, will also be delayed a day so they will get their money on the Wednesday.

This exception only applies to child benefit in Scotland, so no other benefit payments should be late.

Will the move change how much I'm paid?

You'll still receive the same amount you usually do as it is just the payment date that is changing.

This means it shouldn't affect later benefits payments either.

Getting paid early might seem like a good thing, but it does mean you'll need to make your money last slightly longer until your next payday, so you'll need to budget for the extra days.

You don't need to do anything to get the early payment - it will happen automatically.

But if your payments are late over the bank holiday you need to check the payment date on your award notice and contact your bank before calling HMRC.

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