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Universal Credit payments may come early next month – check if you’re affected now


Universal Credit payments are dependent on the claimant’s circumstances and many things are taken into account. The amount paid out can be altered by a person’s living arrangements and family life.

If a payment date falls on a bank holiday, the claimant will usually be paid on the first working day before it.

These rules will come into effect next month as the summer bank holiday will fall on August 31 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

That means that for affected claimants, payments will likely come through instead on August 28.

Claimant’s living in Scotland will also be affected by this but on a different date.

Universal Credit has seen unprecedented levels of demand in recent months as coronavirus impacted people’s employment and income levels.

Most people will be able to apply so long as they are on a low income or are out of work and but they’ll need the following information ready:

  • Bank, building society or credit union account details
  • An email address
  • Information about housing, for example how much rent is paid
  • Details of income, for example payslips
  • Details of savings and any investments, like shares or a property rented out
  • Details of how much is spent on childcare if applying for help with childcare costs
  • Proof of identity such as a passport


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