Tax credit and family allowances Christmas 2021 payment dates


According to the UK government, around 22.8 million people in the UK applied for benefits in August 2020.

For many people, benefits regularly go directly to your bank, building society, or credit union account.

But the payment dates will be slightly different on Christmas and New Years due to public holidays, which will affect when applicants receive their regular payments.

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While it may seem like a long way off, knowing exactly when to expect your money is important, especially during the holiday season when government offices and banks may be closed.

What will the Christmas program be?

December 25 and 26 fall on Saturday and Sunday of this year, which means Monday December 27 and Tuesday December 28 are considered public holidays.

HMRC has already updated its relevant pages on the UK Government’s website for Tax Credits and Child Benefit over Christmas and New Years.

Christmas and New Year tax credit payment dates

  • Payment due Monday, December 27: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24
  • Payment due Tuesday, December 28: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24
  • Payment due Monday January 3: Payment will be made on Friday December 31
  • Payment due Tuesday January 4: Payment will be made on Friday December 31st (Scotland only)

Dates of payment of family allowances at Christmas and New Year

  • Payment due Monday, December 27: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24
  • Payment due Tuesday, December 28: Payment will be made on Friday, December 24
  • Payment due Monday January 3: Payment will be made on Friday December 31

This year’s universal credit payment dates have also been confirmed by the Ministry of Work and Pensions.

If your universal credit payment is due on December 25, 26, 27 or 28, you will receive it on Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) instead.

If you are due to be paid on January 1, 2 or 3, you will be paid on Friday December 31 (New Years Eve).

You do not have to do anything to receive your payment on these dates – it should be made sooner automatically.

More information on public holidays can be found on the UK Government website. here.

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