How and when your benefits are paid
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.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
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.