Christmas Benefit Payment Dates 2019 – 2020

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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.