The government does not pay benefits, pensions or child maintenance payments in cash. They prefer (insist) that benefits should be paid into Bank or building Society account or a Credit Union Account where it can be collected in cash. If you do not have any of these accounts, you could open a Post Office Card account.
There is also a method of using the Simple Payment Card System. If you have a Simple Payment Card, your benefits will be paid into that, and then you can withdraw at many places that use the system.
When you claim any benefit or are eligible for state pension or child maintenance, you will be asked for your account details in order that payment can be regularly paid into your account.
This is the normal way in which the government likes to pay your benefits, but there is also the Simple Card System – which is a handy method of collecting benefits payments for many.
Most UK Benefits are paid on a four week basis – 28 days between payments – but some are paid on a different basis as set out below. It should be realised that the date can be different each month. So, you may get paid on the 3rd day one month but it may be the 2nd or 5th day in other months. If your particular benefit is not listed below, you can safely assume payments every 4 weeks - the Norm.
If they are stated as paid every 4 weeks, this is not every month on the same date. For instance if your 4-weekly gets paid on Monday 20th of June, the next 4 weekly payment will be in four weeks time, being Monday 8th of July.
If any particular benefits payment is due on a bank holiday, you will be paid on the last working day before that bank holiday. So a bank holiday Monday will be paid of the Friday before.
Christmas Payments of Benefits can be different. We will have details of this well before they are due and will post them here.
Attendance Allowance; every 4 weeks. AA
Basic State Pension; every 4 weeks.
Disability Living Allowance; every 4 weeks.
Pension Credit; every 4 weeks.
Personal Independence Payment; every 4 weeks.
Employment and Support Allowance; every 2 weeks
Jobseeker’s Allowance; every 2 weeks
Universal Credit; Every month – NOT every FOUR weeks as above
Carer’s Allowance; - Weekly in advance (same day each week) or every 4 weeks (28 days) or 13 weeks (91 days).
Child Benefit Payments are normally every 4 weeks - or weekly if you’re a single parent; or if you or your partner gets certain benefits. Dependent upon how you are paid, the Bank holiday payment dates could well be different.
Tax credits;– such as Working Tax Credits – may be paid every 4 weeks or on a weekly basis. You should check your payment date if you’re paid every 4 weeks, because your bank holiday payment could be different as outlined above.
Some benefit Payments can only be paid into certain types of account.
Reference UK Government https://www.gov.uk/how-to-have-your-benefits-paid
March 9th 2017
***Child Tax Credit - From April this year the ‘family element’ of £545 per year will be abolished.***
March 8th 2017
**MPs are calling for a halt to the accelerating roll-out of Universal Credit as the ongoing problems are causing undue and unnecessary hardship**
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