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Benefit Payment Frequencies

When and How Your Benefits Get Paid

Your benefits and allowances often get paid early on certain payment dates. As a rule this includes bank holidays, Easter time, and over the festive season at Christmas and New Year.

BENEFIT PAYMENT FREQUENCY: This important section explains exactly how often your welfare money gets paid.

In most cases your benefits and allowances will go straight into a secure account. This can be your bank account, credit union account, or building society account.

But, there are occasions when your benefit and allowance payments can go into a Post Office Card account.

This guide also explains how claimants without a bank or building society account receive their weekly benefit payments.

Benefit payment dates often coincide with a bank holiday or public holidays. On these rare occasions you should receive the remittance on the last banking day of the working week before the start of the bank holiday.

How Often are Benefits Paid?

Name of Benefit or Allowance 2017 Pay Date for Benefit
Attendance Allowance Every four weeks
Basic State Pension Every four weeks
Carer's Allowance Weekly in advance (or every 4 or 13 weeks)
Child Benefit Every 4 weeks (weekly in some cases and often different on bank holidays).
Disability Living Allowance Every four weeks
Employment Support Allowance Every two weeks
Jobseeker's Allowance Every two weeks
Pension Credit Every four weeks
Personal Independence Payments Every four weeks
Tax Credits (Working Tax Credits) Every 4 weeks (weekly in some cases and often different on bank holidays).
Universal Credit Every month

Disclaimer: The table showing when benefits are paid is for general guidance only. We have no control over your exact benefit payment dates on bank holidays in the United Kingdom.

How are Benefits Paid?

The government issues direct payments into your account for security reasons. That means the benefits office needs to know the full and accurate details.

You must inform them of your bank account, building society, or credit union account when you make a claim. Other options exist for those who cannot open a basic bank account or find it difficult to manage one.

As a rule, money for Child Benefit, Guardian's Allowance, and Tax Credits benefits cannot go into:

Payments for the following benefits will not get paid into these specific bank accounts if they are in the name of someone else:

Note: Contact the office that pays your benefit or your work coach if you receive Universal Credit.

Post Office Card Account

Post Office card accounts are for claimants who have difficulty opening a secure account. You can receive your benefits, the state pension, and tax credits through a Post Office card account. But, no other income, such as your salary, can go into a Post Office Card account.

How to Open a Post Office Card Account

When you open a Post Office card account you are going to need:

Simple Payment Scheme

The DWP Simple Payment Card is a scheme used in limited circumstances. It is for claimants who cannot get and account to receive benefits, child maintenance, and pensions.

How to Pay Back Your Benefits (repayments)

You are encouraged to repay all benefits and allowances that you receive, but consider them as 'not needed'. In this case you should write to the department that paid the benefit to you. Their address will be on any letters sent by them.

If you want to pay back your benefits, include a cheque made payable to the department. Remember to include your National Insurance number, payment date, and the amount.

Note: Tax Credits or Child Benefit may only be repaid if you have received benefit overpayments.

When are Benefits Paid and How Often?