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, eg 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 your 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.

Child Benefit, Guardian’s Allowance and Tax Credits

The money for these benefits can’t be paid into:

  • Child Trust Fund accounts
  • children’s accounts
  • business accounts
  • National Savings and Investments (NS&I) accounts (apart from NS&I Investment Accounts and Direct Saver Accounts)
  • some mortgage accounts (tax credits can’t be paid into any mortgage accounts)

The money for these benefits can’t be paid into these bank accounts if they’re in someone else’s name:

  • Nationwide accounts with the sort code 07-00-30 or 07-10-40
  • Yorkshire Building Society accounts with the sort code 57-00-45 or 60-92-04

ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) have limits on the amount of money that can be paid into them. It’s recommended you don’t use these for Child Benefit or Tax Credits.

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.

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, eg the date and the amount.

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