Millions of parents in receipt of child benefits, tax credits and more financial help are being warned to be aware their payment dates will vary over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
It’ll mean many parents will see their payments arrive sooner – in the working days before the Bank Holiday kicks in.
This includes those in receipt of the carer’s alowance and anyone that gets their Universal Credit allowance on a Monday.
Child Benefits were first introduced in the 1970s to support working parents with their living costs. Today, it pays around £20.70 a week for the first child and £13.70 per week for subsequent children.
However, if you or your partner have an income of more than £50,000 a year, you will be liable for the High Income Child Benefit charge. This means you’ll have to pay 1% of every £100 you earn back to the Government at the end of the tax year. You can read about how this works, here.
Tax-credits meanwhile are entirely separate. This is a benefit paid out to those who need it most, such as families who need help to care for children, those who are disabled workers, and people on low incomes.
There are two types of tax credit – child tax credit and working tax credit. You might be eligible for one or both of them, depending on your circumstances.
We’ve outlined when you can expect your benefits to come through over the August Bank Holiday below.
Child tax credits and working tax credits can be paid either weekly or four-weekly.
If you are expecting your tax credit payment on August 26, you’ll get it on August 23 .
Child Benefit, PIP, Pension Credit, DLA, Carers Allowance and State Pension
These benefits are usually paid every four weeks – except in the case of child benefit where single parents can opt to receive it weekly.
If you are expecting payments for any of the above on August 26, you’ll get it early on August 23 instead.
ESA and income support
ESA and income support is usually paid every two weeks. If your payment is due on a bank holiday, you’ll be paid on the last working day before the holiday. In this case, August 23.
Universal Credit payment dates tend to vary by person – but you will only be affected if your payment day lands on the Monday.
If your usual monthly payment date falls on August 26, you will get it slightly early on August 23.
If you don’t receive your payment
It’s advised to contact your bank firstly, however if you do need to get in touch with the benefit agencies these are the free numbers to contact.
But remember, they will be closed on Monday, August 26.
Universal Credit live service: 0800 328 9344 (this replaces 0345 600 0723)
Universal Credit full service: 0800 328 5644 (this replaces 0345 600 4272)
Textphone for those with hearing problems: 0800 328 1344
Call between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday (closed on bank holidays).
0345 300 3900 (textphone 0345 300 3909).
Child Benefit helpline
Call Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm or Saturday, 8am to 4pm
Telephone: 0300 200 3100
Welsh language: 0300 200 1900
Textphone: 0300 200 3103
PIP enquiry line
Telephone: 0800 121 4433
Textphone: 0800 121 4493 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
DLA enquiry line
Telephone: 0800 121 4600
Textphone: 0800 121 4523 Monday to Friday, 8am to 7:30pm
ESA and ‘new style’ ESA helpline
Telephone: 0800 169 0310
Textphone: 0800 169 0314
Welsh language: 0800 328 1744
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Pension Credit claim line
Telephone: 0800 99 1234
Textphone: 0800 169 0133 Monday to Friday, 8am to 7:30pm