The Christmas period caused some disruption Universal Credit payments, because holidays have caused some changes.
Christmas Day fell on a Saturday in 2021, followed by public holidays on December 27 and 28.
So, payments scheduled on those dates were moved to Christmas Eve, which meant early cash flow for anyone with a payment date between December 25 and December 28.
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The payment dates were also changed over the New Years as a public holiday was scheduled for January 3.
This meant that those who were expecting payments on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd of the month would instead receive their first benefit payment of 2022 on New Years Eve.
But with the end of the holiday season and working days back to normal, Universal Credit payments have also returned to their usual schedule.
This means that people will now receive their money on the same date every month.
And if your payment date is a weekend, you’ll get paid the previous business day.
Universal credit is also expected to increase for millions of people in 2022.
A 3.1% increase will take effect from April 11, in line with the consumer price index (CPI).
This equates to an increase of around £ 2.50 per week for a single person aged 25 and over.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed the change last November, following the controversial removal of a £ 20 / week increase introduced during the coronavirus pandemic.
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