Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

Universal credit bank holiday payments: When will you receive benefit? | Personal Finance | Finance


Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs if you’re working on a low income or you’re out of work. It’s paid monthly – or twice a month for some people in Scotland. The credit replace other benefits including Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit and Income Support.

When will you receive Universal Credit?

Claimants of Universal Credit could see their payments arrive slightly earlier next week.

Normally the benefit arrives on the final Monday of the month, but because of the August Bank Holiday, it will arrive earlier.

This is because banks and businesses will be closed for the non-working day.

READ MORE: When is Universal Credit coming to my area? Latest phase is underway

How to claim Universal Credit

To claim Universal credit you need to apply online.

If you live with a partner you will have to apply as a couple, even if you’re not married.

Some will get told to book an interview with a work coach, and if this is not attended, you will not be eligible for the benefit.

You also have to verify your identity online. This can be done with a driving licence, passport or debit or credit card.

If you need help, you can contact the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644 or for Welsh language 0800 328 1744.

You may be able to get Universal Credit if:

  • You’re on a low income or out of work
  • You’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
  • You’re under State Pension age (or your partner is)
  • You and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you
  • You live in the UK



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