This is why your benefits could be paid early in April 2020

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 3:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 3:47 pm
Easter weekend is shortly approaching, but if you’re a recipient of benefits and are due to be paid over the bank holiday weekend, your payment days could alter slightly (Photo: Shutterstock)

Easter weekend is shortly approaching, but if you’re a recipient of benefits and are due to be paid over the bank holiday weekend, your payment days could alter slightly.

Here’s what you need to know.

When will I get paid for tax credits over the Easter bank holiday weekend?

Tax credits payments are due on Friday 10 April and Monday 13 April 2020. However, as these fall on Good Friday and Easter Monday respectively - both bank holidays - you may be paid early, on Thursday 9 April.

According to the Gov.uk website, “If it’s a bank holiday anywhere in the UK your payment may be early.”

Usually, tax credit payments are made every week or every four weeks.“You choose if you want to get paid weekly or every 4 weeks on your claim form. If you do not have a claim form, contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC),” the website explains.

What are the bank holiday payment dates coming up for tax credits?

Due date:10 April 2020. Payment date: 9 AprilDue date: 13 April 2020. Payment date: 9 AprilDue date: 8 May 2020. Payment date: 7 MayDue date: 25 May 2020. Payment date: 22 MayDue date: 13 July 2020. Payment date 10 July - Northern Ireland onlyDue date: 3 August 2020. Payment date: 31 July - Scotland onlyDue date: 31 August 2020. Payment date: 28 AugustDue date: 25 December 2020. Payment date: 24 DecemberDue date: 28 December 2020. Payment date: 24 DecemberDue date: 29 December 2020. Payment date: 24 December - Northern Ireland onlyDue date: 1 January 2021. Payment date: 31 DecemberDue date: 4 January 2021. Payment date: 31 December - Scotland only

If your payment is late, you need to check the payment date on your award notice and contact your bank before calling HMRC.

What about Child Benefits?

Child Benefits payments are due on Thursday 9 April instead on Monday 13 April.

Upcoming bank holiday Child Benefits payment dates

Due date: 13 April. Payment date: 9 April.Due date: 25 May. Payment date: 22 MayDue date: 31 August. Payment date: 28 AugustDue date: 28 December. Payment date: 24 December

When will Personal Independent Payment (PIP) be paid?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is usually paid every four weeks.

If your payment date is on a weekend or a bank holiday you will usually be paid on the working day before.

If you were due to be paid on 10, 11, 12 or 13 April, then you will likely be paid on Thursday 9 April instead.

When will Universal Credit be paid over Easter?

Although Universal Credit is paid every month on the same date, payment dates vary slightly over Easter.

The payment date is determined by when your first payment arrived. If you first got paid on 11 March for example, then you will usually get paid on the 11th of every month.

But dates will change if your pay date falls on a weekend or bank holiday.

These are the dates which could see you get paid earlier this month:

-Friday 10 April (Good Friday)

-Saturday 11 April (Holy Saturday)

-Sunday 12 April (Easter Sunday)

-Monday 13 April (Easter Monday)

If you are set to get paid on any of these dates, then you will get paid on Thursday 9 April instead.