Universal credit and benefits to be paid early over Christmas 2021 - here's how your payment date could be moved

If you receive universal credit or other kinds of benefits than you could be in line to be paid earlier over the Christmas period in 2021.

Saturday, 4th December 2021, 9:59 am
Here are the benefits and universal credit payment days over the Christmas period. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed the changes to payment dates during the festive season this year.

And for some people it could be good news – with payments arriving earlier than expected.

If payment dates fall over the weekend or on bank holidays, the DWP tends to pay benefits earlier rather than later.

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Here’s what you need to know:

Universal credit

For residents of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas who receive universal credit, here are the payment dates for over Christmas:

Over Christmas

- If you are due to be paid on Christmas (December 25), you will be paid on Friday, December 24.

- If you are due to be paid on Boxing Day (December 26), you will be paid on Friday, December 24.

- If you are due to be paid on December 27, you will be paid on Friday, December 24.

- If you are due to be paid on December 28, you will be paid on Friday, December 24.

Over New Year

- If you are due to be paid on January 1, 2022, you will be paid on December 31.

- If you are due to be paid on January 2, 2022, you will be paid on December 31.

- If you are due to be paid on January 3, 2022, you will be paid on December 31.

Child Benefits

If you receive child benefits, then your payment date could change over the festive period. Here’s when you will be paid:

- If you are due to be paid on December 27, you will be paid on December 24.

- If you are due to be paid on December 28, you will be paid on December 24.

- If you are due to be paid on January 3, 2022, you will be paid on December 24.

Tax Credits

For those who receive tax credits, here is how payment dates will change over Christmas:

- If you are due to be paid on December 27, you will be paid on December 24.

- If you are due to be paid on December 28, you will be paid on December 24.

- If you are due to be paid on December 29, you will be paid on December 24.

- If you are due to be paid on January 3, 2022, you will be paid on December 31.

- If you are due to be paid on January 4, 2022, you will be paid on December 31.

How to contact the DWP for help with universal credit

Universal credit helpline

Telephone: 0800 328 5644

Textphone: 0800 328 1344

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