Benefits are usually paid straight into your bank, building society or credit union account.

If your payment is due on a bank holiday, you’ll be paid on the last working day before the holiday.

How often you’re paid

Benefit How often it’s paid
Attendance Allowance Usually every 4 weeks
Basic State Pension Usually every 4 weeks
Carer’s Allowance Weekly in advance, or every 4 or 13 weeks
Child Benefit Usually every 4 weeks - or weekly if you’re a single parent or you or your partner get certain benefits. Bank holiday payment dates may be different.
Disability Living Allowance Usually every 4 weeks
Employment and Support Allowance Usually every 2 weeks
Jobseeker’s Allowance Usually every 2 weeks
Pension Credit Usually every 4 weeks
Personal Independence Payment Usually every 4 weeks
Tax credits, such as Working Tax Credits Every 4 weeks or weekly. Check your payment date if you’re paid every 4 weeks. Bank holiday payment dates may be different.
Universal Credit Every month

How your benefits are 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.

If you can’t 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, contact your work coach.

Child Benefit, Guardian’s Allowance and Tax Credits

You can get the money paid into any account, apart from a Nationwide Building Society account in someone else’s name.

Paying back benefits

You can repay benefits and allowances you get but feel you don’t need.

Write to the department that paid the benefit. Their address will be on any letter you’ve received from them.

Include a cheque made payable to the department, along with your National Insurance number and details of the payment, such as the date and the amount.

You can only repay tax credits or Child Benefit if you’ve been overpaid.