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Catherine Furze

DWP announces Universal Credit, PIP and other benefits will be paid early due to Queen's funeral

People expecting benefits to hit their account on the day of the Queen's funeral, Monday, September 19, will get their money this Friday, it has been confirmed.

Concerns had been raised following payment of Child Benefit on the weekend of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, when parents received a split payment, with a small amount paid followed by the balance three days later, leading to fears that mistakes had been made in payments. But both the Department of Work and Pensions and His Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have confirmed that all benefits and credits will be paid early ahead of Monday, which has been declared a bank holiday.

"The Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs have put arrangements in place to ensure all benefits and credits due to be paid on this date – now a bank holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral - will be delivered in advance," said a spokesman. "People who are due to receive payments on Monday 19 September will instead be paid on Friday 16 September, the last working day before the State Funeral. This arrangement follows standard DWP and HMRC protocol that sees benefit and credit payment dates brought forward in line with national bank holidays."

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The full list of payments affected are:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • State Pension
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Benefit/Guardian’s Allowance
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Tax Credits

In May, worried parents took to social media after there appeared to be a mistake in their Child Benefit payments after a random small payment credited their bank accounts on the Wednesday prior to the Jubilee Weekend, instead of their normal payment date on the Monday.

However, an HMRC spokesperson said at the time that the anomaly was caused by the two bank holiday on Thursday and Friday, which meant full payments could not be processed on those days.

However, worried parents have taken to Twitter to check that payment would be made on the Friday. @kez_grant said: "Will we be getting our Child Benefit early since I am due mine on the 19th sept and it's the Queens funeral?" while @HenryRLogan asked the same question: "Will Child Benefit due on the funeral bank holiday be paid this Friday, 16th Sept?"

@AnnonymousAm asked: "Does anyone know if payments like Universal Credit etc are getting paid earlier due to the public holiday on Monday for the queen’s funeral?"

The bank holiday payment date pages have been changed to reflect the new payment dates.

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