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.