Universal credit and benefits Christmas payment dates for 2019

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 2019.

Thursday, 7th November 2019, 1:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 11:23 am
Here are the benefits and universal credit payment days for Christmas period. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have revealed 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. 

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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: 

- If you are due to be paid on December 25 (Christmas Day) you will be paid a day earlier on December 24. 

- If you are due to be paid on December 26 (Boxing Day) you will be paid two days earlier on December 24. 

- If you are due to be paid on December 27 you will be paid as usual 

- If you are due to be paid on December 28 you will be paid a day earlier on December 27 

- If you are due to be paid on December 29 you will be paid two days earlier on December 27 

- If you are due to be paid on December 30 you will be paid as usual 

- If you are due to be paid on December 31 you will be paid as usual 

- If you are due to be paid on first of the month (January 1, 2020) you will be paid on December 31. 

Benefits

This includes child benefits, state pension, disability living allowance, carer’s allowance and jobseeker’s allowance (JSA). 

Here's when benefit payments will be made over the Christmas period: 

- If you are due to be paid on December 25 (Christmas Day) you will be paid a day earlier on December 24. 

- If you are due to be paid on December 26 (Boxing Day) you will be paid two days earlier on December 24. 

- If you are due to be paid on December 27 you will be paid as usual 

- If you are due to be paid on December 28 you will be paid a day earlier on December 27 

- If you are due to be paid on December 29 you will be paid two days earlier on December 27 

- If you are due to be paid on December 30 you will be paid as usual 

- If you are due to be paid on December 31 you will be paid as usual 

- If you are due to be paid on first of the month (January 1, 2020) you will be paid on December 31. 

Will you be affected by the payment date changes?