Universal Credit and other DWP benefit payment dates will change in May

Last modified on Monday 17 April 2023

Many people will see their benefit payment dates move again soon, due to 3 bank holidays in the same month!

Thousands of people who claim benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be paid on different dates next month.

Usually benefits are paid straight into bank, building society or credit union accounts, on a regular basis. They are usually paid once a month, every 4 weeks, or fortnightly, depending which benefit(s) you claim.

But in May, the 3 bank holidays – on May 1, 8 and 29 mean benefits, including Universal Credit and Child Benefit, will be paid slightly earlier.

And while money arriving earlier may seem like a good thing, payment dates will revert to normal in June, meaning longer between payments, so some people may have to budget accordingly.

Which benefits will be affected?

Benefits that could be affected by the May bank holidays include:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Tax credits (such as Working Tax Credit)

When will payments be made?*

If your payment date is on a weekend or the above bank holidays, your payment date will move.

Typically, DWP payments are made when offices and lines are open and on nationally recognised bank holidays when offices are closed, payments are made on the first working day prior to the affected date.

Here's the latest information on when benefits payments are likely to be made:

  • Early May bank holiday – Payments will be made on Friday, 28 April rather than Monday, 1 May
  • King Charles III's Coronation bank holiday – Payments will be made on Friday, 5 May rather than Monday, 8 May
  • Spring bank holiday – Payments will be made on Friday, 26 May rather than Monday, 29 May
  • Summer bank holiday – Payments will be made on 25 August rather than 28 August
  • Festive period – Payments due on 25, 26 and 27 December will be paid on 22 December

*Disclaimer: Please note that we recommend contacting your local office for confirmation; Netmums bears no responsibility for benefits not received.

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