How and when your benefits are paid

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

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Payments over Christmas and New Year

Some payments will be made earlier if they’re due between 24 December 2018 and 2 January 2019.

There are different payment dates for tax credits.

Tell the office that pays your benefit if you do not get your payment on the day it’s scheduled.

When your payment is due When you’ll be paid (except Universal Credit) When Universal Credit will be paid
Monday 24 December 2018 Friday 21 December 2018 Monday 24 December 2018
Tuesday 25 December 2018 Friday 21 December 2018 Monday 24 December 2018
Wednesday 26 December 2018 Friday 21 December 2018 Monday 24 December 2018
Thursday 27 December 2018 Thursday 27 December 2018 Thursday 27 December 2018
Friday 28 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018
Saturday 29 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018
Sunday 30 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018
Monday 31 December 2018 Monday 31 December 2018 Monday 31 December 2018
Tuesday 1 January 2019 Monday 31 December 2018 Monday 31 December 2018

Payments due on 2 January 2019

Universal Credit payments due on 2 January 2019 are paid on that day.

Payments due on 2 January 2019 for the following benefits are paid on that day (if you live in England and Wales):

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support

All other benefit payments due on 2 January 2019 will be paid on 31 December 2018.

How often you’re paid

Benefit How often it’s paid
Attendance Allowance Usually every 4 weeks
State Pension Usually every 4 weeks
Carer’s Allowance Weekly in advance or every 4 weeks
Child Benefit Usually every 4 weeks - or weekly if you’re a single parent or you or your partner get certain benefits.
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.
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 cannot 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, call the Universal Credit helpline.

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.

Child Benefit

You can get the money paid into any account, apart from a Nationwide cashbuilder account (sort code 070030) in someone else’s name.

Paying back benefits

You can repay benefits and allowances you get but feel you do not 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.