MILLIONS of people receiving Child Benefit and Universal Credit will see their payment dates change this week – are you affected?

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations will see the nation enjoy a double bank holiday this weekend, but it could also impact anyone who receives benefits or state pension.

But the type of benefit or state payment you receive will affect when you receive them.

For most payments, you should receive them one working day before the usual date. Therefore, if you are due to receive a payment on Thursday or Friday this week you should receive it on Wednesday.

However, there are some exceptions, so here is our list of payments and when you should expect to receive them.

Payment dates for Child Benefit

Child Benefit payments are usually paid every four weeks on a Monday or Tuesday, so the Bank Holiday should not affect when you receive your payment.

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There are two Child Benefit rates:

  • Eldest or only child – £21.80
  • Additional children – £14.45 per child

You get Child Benefit if you're responsible for bringing up a child who is under 16 or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training.

Tax credit payment date changes

Tax credits due to be paid on June 2 or 3 should be with you on Wednesday.

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You can only make a claim for Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit if you already get tax credits.

If you cannot apply for tax credits, you can apply for Universal Credit instead.

You might be able to apply for Pension Credit if you and your partner are State Pension age or over.

Universal Credit

The date for this payment is likely to change as well but depends on your “assessment period”.

This period starts on the date when you first made a claim for the benefit, and you will then receive cash each calendar month afterwards.

Payment is often released seven days after the initial assessment period is over.

However, with the Bank Holiday, if you're expecting to get your money on Thursday or Friday, you should receive it on Wednesday.

Universal Credit payments are made up of a standard allowance and any extra amounts that apply to each person, for example if you:

  • have children
  • have a disability or health condition which prevents you from working
  • need help paying your rent

Use a benefits calculator to see how much you could get.

How are your benefits paid?

You’ll be asked for bank, building society or credit union account details when you claim.

You can only get paid in a different way if you have problems opening or managing an account.

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If you cannot open or manage a bank, building society or credit union account, contact the office that pays your benefit to find out how to get it paid.

If you receive Universal Credit, you can call the Universal Credit helpline.

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