Universal Credit bank holiday dates for May 2020: Changes to child benefits, tax credits, PIP and ESA

IF you receive Universal Credit or other kinds of benefits then your payment dates could change in May.

Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 10:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 11:50 am

The last month of spring has two bank holidays – one at the start of the month and another at the end.

The first of these will take place on Friday, May 8, instead of its traditional place on the first Monday of the month.

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The second one will take place on Monday, May 25.

Due to the double bank holiday means that people who receive benefits or universal credit could see their payment dates be moved.

Here’s what you need to know:

Universal Credit

This is how payment dates will change due to the May bank holidays:

Early May bank holiday

- If you are due to be paid Universal Credit on May 8, you will be paid on May 7

- If you are due to be paid Universal Credit on May 9, you will be paid on May 7

- If you are due to be paid Universal Credit on May 10, you will be paid on May 7

Late May bank holiday

- If you are due to be paid Universal Credit on May 23, you will be paid on May 22

- If you are due to be paid Universal Credit on May 24, you will be paid on May 22

- If you are due to be paid Universal Credit on May 25, you will be paid on May 22

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PIP

Personal Independent Payments (PIP) will also be affected by the double bank holiday this month.

It has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which will be ending soon – although if you receive this you will continue to until you are invited to apply for PIP.

PIP is typically paid once every four weeks.

Here’s how it will change this month:

Early May bank holiday

- If you are due to receive PIP on May 8, you will be paid on May 7 instead.

Late May bank holiday

- If you are due to receive PIP in May 25, you will be paid on May 22 instead.

Child benefit

If you are expecting child benefit payments this month, your payment date could be moved due to the bank holidays.

Here’s how it will change in May:

Early May bank holiday

- If you are due to receive child benefit payment on May 8, they will be paid on May 7 instead.

Late May bank holiday

- If you are due to receive child benefit payment on May 25, they will be paid on May 22 instead.

Tax credits

If you are expecting tax credits this month, your payment date could be moved due to the bank holidays.

Here’s how it will change in May:

Early May bank holiday

- If you are due to receive tax credits on May 8, they will be paid on May 7 instead.

Late May bank holiday

- If you are due to receive tax credits on May 25, they will be paid on May 22 instead.

Employment and Support Allowance

If you are Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) this month, your payment date could be moved due to the bank holidays.

Here’s how it will change in May:

Early May bank holiday

- If you are due to receive ESA payment on May 8, they will be paid on May 7 instead.

Late May bank holiday

- If you are due to receive ESA payment on May 25, they will be paid on May 22 instead.

Will you be affected by the change in payment dates? Let us know in the comments below.

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