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Benefit Payments for Christmas & New Year

Are you working and claiming Universal Credit? Is your employer paying you early because of the Christmas period?

Some companies bring their payday forward at this time of year so their employees are paid in advance of Christmas.  For some claimants of Universal Credit this can result in two sets of wages being received in the same Monthly Assessment Period (the period in which your income is assessed to determine how much UC you receive) and this could reduce or, completely cancel, your Universal Credit entitlement for the month.

If your UC is reduced or cancelled then that leaves you liable to make up the rent due yourself.

If you are concerned that you may be affected, get in touch with our Income Management Team who will be able to discuss payment arrangements and offer advice and support.  You can speak to the Team on 01606 813535 or email us on

Some payments will be made earlier if they’re due between 24 December 2018 and 2 January 2019.

Universal Credit Christmas Payments

Universal Credit payments due on 2 January 2019 are paid on that day.

Payments due on 2 January 2019 for the following benefits are paid on that day (if you live in England and Wales):

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support

All other benefit payments due on 2 January 2019 will be paid on 31 December 2018.

There are different payment dates for tax credits

Tax Credits


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