Universal Credit payment dates will change next month for many

Many people claiming Universal Credit could be paid early next month.

Due to the four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, some claimants’ payment dates will be brought forward. Since there are two consecutive public holidays, the payment of benefits may not take place on the usual day.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Thursday June 2 and Friday June 3 will be public holidays as the Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne.

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Usually, payments that are due on public holidays are paid before they are supposed to arrive. This means that if your usual Universal Credit payment date falls on June 2 or June 3, you can expect it on June 1.

If your payment date falls on a normal business day on either side of the long weekend, you will receive payments as normal. Other DWP benefits may be affected.

These include:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Care allowance
  • Family allowances
  • Disabled allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income support
  • Job search allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • State pension

The most recent Universal Credit payments are available below.

Standard allowance

Alone

Single under 25: £265.31 (from £257.33)

Single 25+: £334.91 (from £324.84)

Couple

Joint applicants under 25: £416.45 (was £403.93)

Joint applicants, one or both aged 25 or over: £525.72 (from £509.91)

child elements

First child (born before April 6, 2017): £290 (from £282.60)

First child (born on or after 6 April 2017) or second and subsequent child (where an exception or transitional provision applies): £244.58 (was £237.08)

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Elaine R. Knight