It’s just a matter of days to go until the next bank holiday in the UK. Ahead of the Easter weekend, some may be wanting to work out when they will get their Universal Credit payments.
Good Friday falls on Friday, April 2 in the UK this year, and this means it will be a bank holiday in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The weekend will directly follow this bank holiday, and then in some parts of the UK, there will be a second bank holiday on Monday, April 5.
This marks Easter Monday, but it’s only a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Benefits payments are affected by bank holidays as well as weekends.
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Should a payment date fall on either a weekend or a bank holiday, then the money will usually be paid the first working day prior.
This can differ for tax credits and Child Benefit though, the Government points out.
It means some may find they get paid their Universal Credit early next month.
The payment is paid monthly – or twice a month for some people who live in Scotland.
Universal Credit Easter payments changes
If a payment is due on Friday, April 2, then it would instead be paid on Thursday, April 1.
The same applies if the payment was due on Saturday, April 3, and Sunday, April 4.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, if a payment is due on Monday, April 5, then it would be paid early.
If a person gets any of these benefits, then they don’t need to do anything.
This is unless they have a change of circumstances they need to report, or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contacts them about moving to Universal Credit.
If a person gets tax credits, these will stop when a person or their partner applies for Universal Credit.
“After your tax credits stop, you cannot claim tax credits again,” the Government website warns.