Christmas Benefit Payment Dates 2019 – 2020

Christmas Benefit Payment Dates

The festive season with Christmas and New Year can be a stressful and expensive time for many families. Benefit payment delays can have a huge negative impact on people who are just trying to make ends meet. There are 3 bank holidays in the space of 1 week towards the end of the year. This means that payments that are due to be paid on the 25th or 26th December or 1st January need to be brought forward to prevent any financial hardship. Check below to find out which benefit payments will be affected by the Christmas and New Year bank holidays 2019-20.

Universal Credit Christmas Payment Dates 2019

Universal Credit is paid either once a month or once every 2 weeks. The regular payment dates should be different for each recipient, so check when your payments should be due in late December or early January.

Payment Due Payment Sent
Wednesday 25th December
(Christmas Day)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Thursday 26th December
(Boxing Day)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Friday 27th December
(Northern Ireland only)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Wednesday 1st January
(New Year’s Day)
Tuesday 31st December
(New Year’s Eve)
Thursday 2nd January
(Scotland only)
Tuesday 31st December
(New Year’s Eve)

If your Universal Credit payment is due on any other day than the bank holidays shown above, then you should receive the payment as normal.

Child Benefit Christmas Payment Dates 2019

Child Benefit is usually paid every 4 weeks on a Monday or a Tuesday. As none of the festive bank holidays fall on a Monday or Tuesday this year, your Child Benefit payments should be unaffected. Even if you receive Child Benefit payments more frequently, this will still normally be on a Monday or Tuesday. However, if your Child Benefit payment is due on another weekday for whichever reason, it may change to the following:

Payment Due Payment Sent
Wednesday 25th December
(Christmas Day)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Thursday 26th December
(Boxing Day)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Friday 27th December
(Northern Ireland only)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Wednesday 1st January
(New Year’s Day)
Tuesday 31st December
(New Year’s Eve)
Thursday 2nd January
(Scotland only)
Tuesday 31st December
(New Year’s Eve)

Tax Credit Christmas Payment Dates 2019

Tax Credits, such as Working Tax Credit, are usually paid either weekly or every 4 weeks. Child Tax Credit is more likely to be paid weekly while Working Tax Credit is more likely to be paid 4-weekly to match regular workplace payment cycles. Tax Credits are currently being replaced by Universal Credit, but many households are still in receipt of the old tax credits. If this applies to you, your tax credit payment date could change.

Payment Due Payment Sent
Wednesday 25th December
(Christmas Day)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Thursday 26th December
(Boxing Day)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Friday 27th December
(Northern Ireland only)
Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)
Wednesday 1st January
(New Year’s Day)
Tuesday 31st December
(New Year’s Eve)
Thursday 2nd January
(Scotland only)
Tuesday 31st December
(New Year’s Eve)

Other Benefit Payment Dates Christmas 2019

It’s not just the aforementioned benefits which could be affected by the winter bank holidays. The following benefits could also be paid earlier:

If you are due to receive a payment for any of these benefits on a bank holiday, you should receive them the day before instead when that is a working day. The benefit payment due dates and the benefit payment receipt dates should follow the guidelines shown in the tables above.

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How To Opt Out Of Tax Credits – A Helpful Guide

how to opt out of tax credits

If you no longer require tax credits and you would like to opt out of receiving them, you need to inform the government of this. You can do so by following the guide below.

If you would like to cancel tax credits for the current tax year you need to get in touch by the 31st July otherwise tax credits will carry on till the end of the next tax year.

Call The Tax Credit Helpline

The easiest way to get in touch with the government regarding opting out of receiving Tax Credits is to phone their Tax Credit helpline. You can call the tax credit helpline by dialing 0843 557 3382. Once on the phone to a member of the Tax Credit team you need to inform them of the changes to your circumstances that stop you from receiving Tax Credits. They will then inform you if it is possible to cancel your Tax Credits and whether this will cancel them for this tax year or the next tax year.

Cancel Your Tax Credits Online

You can go to the Gov.uk and contact the Tax Credit team using the online system. Using the online system you can report any changes in your circumstances. You will also need to input some personal and income information. The system will then be able to cancel your Tax credits for this tax year or next tax year depending on the day you submit the information.

Cancel Your Tax Credits Via Post

If you would prefer to cancel your Tax Credits by writing a letter to the Tax Credits PO Box, you can do so by writing a letter including some personal information such as full name and address and as well as the details of the change in your circumstances that mean you no longer need to receive tax credits. You then need to send your Tax Credits to the PO Box at:

Tax Credit Office, HM Revenue and Customs, BX9 1LR

Child Benefit

Get in touch with the Child Benefit Office on the contact number where they will be able to assist with information regarding claims, stopping Child Benefit, changing personal details and more.

Child Benefit Opening Hours

Department Opening Hours
Child Benefit Support Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Claiming Child Benefit Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Child Benefit Payment Dates Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Reporting Changes to Child Benefit Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Guardian’s Allowance Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Repay Child Benefit Overpayments Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Child Benefit Complaints Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm

Child Benefit Address

If you would prefer to contact the Child Benefit office with a letter, you can send your correspondence to the following address:

HM Revenue and Customs – Child Benefit Office 
PO Box 1 
Newcastle Upon Tyne 
NE88 1AA 
United Kingdom 

Child Benefit Support

Contact the Child Benefit Support Office on the number where they will be able to help with any questions you have regarding your Child Benefit claims. You can phone this number to find your Child Benefit Number, which you can use to prove that you qualify.

If you’d like to find out how much you’re entitled to claim for Child Benefit you can also ring the number above, where they’ll tell you what you’ll get on a weekly basis for one child, and then any subsequent children you have.

Claiming Child Benefit

Call the number to make a claim for Child Benefit, you will have to provide details of yourself, your partner, your child and your earnings. Only one of you is entitled to claim for child benefit, and it’s important you report any changes to the child benefit office as this may make a difference to what you’re entitled to.

You can choose not to get Child Benefits, but if you do so there are certain things that you can still benefit from, such as National Insurance Credits, and registering your child for a National Insurance number once they turn 16 years old, so even if you don’t want to claim, it’s best to do so by ringing the number above.

Child Benefit Payment Dates

Find out when your Child Benefit Payment is due by ringing the number, when you phone this number they’ll be able to explain how often you can expect a payment of Child Benefit, and the dates you can expect if your payment is due on a Bank Holiday, which differs for England, Scotland and Ireland.

If you’re still waiting on your first payment of Child Benefit, you can phone the number above to find out when you can expect it.

If your Child Benefit payment is late, you can also ring the number to find out why this is and when it’s going to be paid into your account.

Reporting changes to Child Benefit

There are certain changes you must report to Child Benefit to stop any overpayments being made that you’d have to pay back. You can phone the number to report these changes straight away and get your file updated quickly. Child Benefit will stop after your child’s 16th birthday, however if they stay in education or training you must let them know because you’re entitled to still receive the benefit. You must also phone the Child Benefit office to report any changes to your family’s circumstances, such as bank account or address changes, a relationship ends, or you have a child that comes to live with you.

Guardian’s Allowance

Find out if you’re eligible for Guardian’s Allowance by calling the number, if you explain your circumstances to them they’ll let you know whether or not you’re entitled to the allowance, how much you can claim, and they can help you begin the process for claiming.

If you currently already claim Guardian’s Allowance, you can also ring the number above to report any changes to your circumstances that are likely to affect your payments.

Repay Child Benefit Overpayments

If you’ve been paid too much Child Benefit you will likely receive a letter telling you so, and how much you owe, you can phone the number to make your payment, or challenge the decision if you wish.

If you think you’ve been overpaid it’s best to get in touch on the number above to report this, so you’re not continuously overpaid, as you’ll just have to pay it all back, and in some circumstances, you might be fined or prosecuted for benefit fraud.

Paying back overpayments is usually expected in one lump sum, however, if you’re going to have difficulty doing this, you can phone the number above, where they’ll be able to assist with this, and maybe set up a payment plan.

Child Benefit Complaints

To make complaints to the Child Benefit office you can phone the number, you can phone this number to make complaints about late payments, incorrect payments, mistakes made or the service you received. When you phone the number above to make a complaint, you will need to provide information such as your National Insurance number, personal details, details of the complaint, any reference numbers you’ve been given. It can also be useful to provide details of how you’d like your complaint to be settled.