August bank holiday benefits payments 2019: when Tax Credit, PIP, Child Benefit, Pension Credit and ESA will be paid

The bank holiday could affect when your benefits are paid.
The bank holiday could affect when your benefits are paid.
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The upcoming August bank holiday is the last one of the year before Christmas, and many people find it a stressful time for claiming benefits.

The four day week - welcomed by those in work - can mean people who rely on benefits worry that their payments could be delayed.

The bank holiday always falls on the last Monday of August, meaning this year it is on Monday 26 August. As most benefit payments - including universal credit payments and tax credits - are paid into claimants’ accounts on Monday or Tuesday, the bank holiday can mean your money arrives on a different day that week.

Here’s everything you need to know about when your payments could come in this August bank holiday.

When do your payments normally come in?

Universal credit is paid on the same date every month, unless that date falls on a weekend or a bank holiday.

Other payments come in at different intervals.

Child Benefit - every four weeks except single parents who are paid weekly in advance

Child Tax Credits - every four weeks or weekly

Working Tax Credits - every four weeks or weekly

Employment and Support Allowance - every two weeks

Income Support - every two weeks

Job Seeker's Allowance - every two weeks

Attendance Allowance - every four weeks

Carer's Allowance - every four weeks

Disability Living Allowance - every four weeks

State Pension - every four weeks

Pension Credit - every four weeks

Personal Independence Payment - every four weeks

Could they be delayed?

If any of your payments are due to fall on 26 August, there is a system in place to prevent them from arriving any later.

The government makes sure that claimants are paid on the last working day before the bank holiday, meaning that the money would arrive on August 23.

This could still influence your budget however, as the money will need to last the extra three days.

How to know if you are eligible for benefits

To find out if you can claim benefits you need to use a benefit calculator.

The government recommends these ones: Policy in Practice, entitledto or Turn2us.

You will need to fill in accurate details about you savings, income including your partner’s (from payslips, for example), existing benefits and pensions (including anyone living with you), outgoings (such as rent, mortgage, childcare payments) and council tax bill.