May Bank Holiday pay dates for Universal Credit and other benefits

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Payment dates for Universal Credit and other benefits are set to change in May, because of the two Bank Holidays.

Universal Credit is a monthly welfare payment that replaces six other benefits and is paid once a month, usually on the same date.

Those applying for Universal Credit must wait five weeks for their first payment, consisting of a one-month assessment period in which their circumstances and income are checked, and then another seven days for the money to reach their account.

If your first payment was received on April 8, you would normally receive subsequent amounts on the 8th of every month after that – reports Birmingham Live.

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But pay dates vary if they would end up falling on a weekend or bank holiday.

The bank holidays in May fall on Friday May 8 and Monday May 25, which could mean your payment date will change.

Here's the payment dates for some of the most common benefits in May

Universal Credit – May Bank Holiday payment dates

Universal credit is paid every four weeks on the same date. It will also vary slightly over the two bank holidays of May.

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Your normal pay date is determined by when your first payment arrives.

But it will be moved in any month where your pay date happens to fall on a weekend or bank holiday.

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Friday, May 8 (May Day Bank Holiday/Early May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Thursday, May 7

Due: Saturday, May 9

Paid: Thursday, May 7

Due: Sunday, May 10

Paid: Thursday, May 9

Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Saturday, May 23

Paid: Friday, May 22

Due: Sunday, May 24

Paid: Friday, May 22

Due: Monday, May 25 (Spring Bank Holiday/Late May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Friday, May 22

PIP – May Bank Holiday payment dates

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is usually paid every four weeks.

Your original decision letter tells you the date of your first payment and what day of the week you’ll usually be paid. It would never be arranged to fall on a weekend.

But if your payment date is on a bank holiday, you will usually be paid before the bank holiday. After that you’ll continue to get paid as normal.

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Friday, May 8 (May Day Bank Holiday/Early May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Thursday, May 7

Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Monday, May 25 (Spring Bank Holiday/Late May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Friday, May 22

Child Benefit – May Bank Holiday payment dates

Child benefit is usually paid every four weeks on a Monday or Tuesday (but you can get it paid weekly if you’re a single parent or if one of you is claiming other benefits). So it would not be paid on a weekend anyway.

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Friday, May 8 (May Day Bank Holiday/Early May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Thursday, May 7

Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Monday, May 25 (Spring Bank Holiday/Late May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Friday, May 22

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Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit

Tax credits such as Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit are paid every week or every four weeks. They aren't arranged to fall on a weekend.

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Friday, May 8 (May Day Bank Holiday/Early May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Thursday, May 7

Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Monday, May 25 (Spring Bank Holiday/Late May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Friday, May 22

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

These are both usually paid every two weeks. Dates would never fall on a weekend.

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Friday, May 8 (May Day Bank Holiday/Early May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Thursday, May 7

Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due: Monday, May 25 (Spring Bank Holiday/Late May Bank Holiday)

Paid: Friday, May 22

When does the money go in?

Depending on your bank, funds are available sometime after midnight on the day they are due, usually in the early hours.

Some banks deposit money into your account around 11.30pm so you can withdraw it before midnight on benefit payday. Others will release your funds at midnight or just a few minutes after that.

But in some cases you have to wait until 2am to 3am and others will not let you touch your money until at least 6am on payday.

These are the typical paying-in times for banks:

Clydesdale, Yorkshire – 11.30pm the night before to 12.30am

Lloyds – midnight to 1am

Bank of Scotland – midnight to 1.30am

Metro Bank – midnight to 2am

Barclays , Co-op- 1am to 2am

Natwest, RBS, Ulster Bank, Nationwide – 2am to 3am

Halifax – 3am to 4am

HSBC, Santander – 6am to 9am

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