Benefit payment dates Christmas 2017

Check to see you'll receive benefit and tax credits early over the festive season. We have the official payment dates for you here!

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If you are expecting benefits or tax credits (including Universal Credit) over Christmas bank holiday 2017 and New Year 2018 you may receive it earlier than expected.

Check below to find out if you will be affected:

Tax Credits

Monday 25 December 2017 – paid Friday 22 December 2017.

Tuesday 26 December 2017 – paid Friday 22 December 2017.

Wednesday 27 December 2017 -paid Friday 22 December 2017.

Thursday 28 December 2017 – paid Wednesday 27 December 2017 (England, Scotland and Wales only).

Monday 1 January 2018 – paid Friday 29 December 2017.

Tuesday 2 January 2018 – paid Friday 29 December 2017.


Wednesday 3 January 2018 – paid Tuesday 2 January 2018 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland only).

Source: https://www.gov.uk/when-is-your-next-tax-credits-payment

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is typically paid on the same day each month, but if you are expecting a payment between Friday 22 December and Tuesday 26 December you should receive it on Friday 22nd December.

Payments expected between Friday 29 December 2017 and Monday 1 January 2018 should be received on Friday 29 December 2017.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-youre-paid

Child Benefit

25 December 2017 – paid 21 December 2017.

26 December 2017 – paid 22 December 2017.

1 January 2018 – paid 29 December 2017.

All other dates should be unaffected.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit-payment-dates/bank-holidays


JSA, ESA & Income Support (IS)

These benefits are usually paid every two weeks, but if you’re expecting a payment on 25th or 26th December 2017 you should receive it on Friday 22 December 2017.

As with all bank holidays, the general rule is that you should receive payment by (on) the last working day before the public holiday.

DLA and PIP

If you are expecting either of these disability benefits to be paid on either a Christmas or New Year bank holiday, they should be paid on the last working day before expected payment.

So for Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December 2017, you should receive payment on Friday 22 December 2017.

Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance payments expected on a Christmas or New Year bank holiday should be received on the last working day before these dates.

So for Monday 25 or Tuesday 26 December 2017, you should be paid on Friday 22 December 2017.

Housing Benefit

Payment dates of housing benefit may vary between Local Authorities and whether those payments are made every two weeks or monthly. There may also be variations between payments made directly to claimants or landlords.

Universal Credit claimants should receive housing support as part of their claim.

All Others

Payments should be received on the last working day before the bank holiday you are expecting to be paid. Please check with the relevant office (Jobcentre Plus or HMRC) to be certain.

What if I haven’t received payment?

Please contact one of the following at the earliest possible convenience:

  • 0345 300 3900 – Tax Credits (HMRC)
  • 0300 200 3100 – Child Benefit (HMRC)
  • 0345 608 8545 – JSA, ESA, IS (Jobcentre Plus)
  • 0345 600 0723 – Universal Credit (Jobcentre Plus)
  • 0345 608 8610 – Maternity Allowance (Jobcentre Plus)
  • 0345 608 8601 – Bereavement Benefits (Jobcentre Plus)
  • See here for State Pension
  • Housing Benefit/Local Housing Allowance – contact your local authority/council.

Last updated at 04:09 (GMT) on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

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Disclaimer: All payment dates listed above are for your guidance only and Welfare Weekly accepts no liability for sudden changes or late payments. 



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  • Sallie Ann

    I could never understand why things are not paid on a MONTHLY basis but on a weekly basis. That would surely make more sense……but what do I know?