Normal payment dates for benefits, including Universal Credit, will change because of bank holidays over Christmas and New Year.
Although it’s good news as money will likely arrive into the accounts earlier than expected for those on Universal Credit and other benefit schemes.
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed when payments will be made over the festive period.
Below are all the dates, you need to be aware of over the coming weeks, and when you can expect to see the money paid into your account.
If your expected payment is Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24:
Universal Credit will be paid on Thursday, December 24; other benefits will be paid on Wednesday, December 23.
If your expected payment is Christmas Day, Friday, December 25 or Monday, December 28:
Universal Credit will be paid on Thursday, December 24, while other benefits will be paid on Wednesday, December 23.
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If your expected payment is New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1
Universal Credit will be paid on Thursday, December 31, and other benefits will be paid on Thursday, December 31.
Despite the new Tier 4 restrictions imposed in London Job Centres will remain open in the capital, but there will be limited opening hours over the Christmas period.
Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the DWP, said: “Job Centres have been open throughout this pandemic.
“Our colleagues have provided vital support to the most vulnerable people and will continue to do so over the Christmas period.
“Check these dates and make sure you know when you will be getting your payments.”
Job Centre and phone line opening dates
Job Centres and phone lines will be closed on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, Monday, December 28 and Friday, January 1.
However, they will be open as normal from between Tuesday, December 29 and Thursday, December 31.
From Monday, January 4, 2021, offices and phone lines will be open as normal.
Covid Winter Grant Scheme
In November, the government announced it was launching a Covid Winter Grant Scheme to help those in need.
£170 million has been made available to councils across Britain – according to the rules of the initiative at least 80 per cent of the money must go on food, energy and water bills to those in need locally.
Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey said: “No child should have to worry about food or warmth this winter.
“We have worked with Councils across England to ensure the £170million Covid Winter Grant delivers well-targeted support as quickly as possible, primarily focusing on heating and eating for disadvantaged families with children.”
To find out what support your council will be offering this winter, the simplest way is to call them.
You can find your local authority’s website to track down its number by entering your postcode here.
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