State Pension payments are overseen by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure everyone gets the amount to which they are entitled. It is fair to say the state pension is a vital source of income for many older people, particularly for retirement costs. It it the case, then, many will also be concerned with when they are due to receive payment.
Those who were expecting to be paid on Monday, May 3, 2021, will now see this change.
Instead, to make sure they are supported on time, the Government is to issue the payment today – Friday, April 30, 2021.
Those who are likely to be impacted by the change are individuals with the National Insurance number ending in digits between 00 to 19.
The DWP confirmed the early payments to Express.co.uk and urged Britons to check if this applies to them.
DWP Minister Baroness Stedman-Scott commented: “Make sure you know when you will be getting your payments, as many are being made early.”
State pensioners will not need to take any action in order to receive the earlier payment if they are eligible.
This should simply drop into their designated bank, building society or credit union account today.
The full new state pension sum currently stands at £179.60 per week, after an annual increase at the start of this month.
However, state pensioners are not the only individuals who will be affected by such a change to payment dates.
Other people who receive payments from the DWP are also likely to be impacted.
This includes those in receipt of payments such as Universal Credit, PIP and potentially legacy benefits.
Jobcentres and DWP phone lines are also to be closed on Monday, May 3, reflecting the bank holiday.
A full service from the DWP is to resume on the day after – Tuesday, May 4.