Christmas can be a difficult time financially for many Swindon families but it’s especially tough if you’re one of the many relying on benefits.

With all the stress of buying presents and getting the Christmas dinner sorted it’s important to know when your benefits will be landing in your account.

With the number of Bank Holidays over the festive period the date benefits are paid are sometimes changed, usually the last working day before it.

To help you plan ahead, here are all the dates for when your benefits, including child benefits, pension benefits, tax credits, Universal Credit and Job Seeker’s Allowance, will be paid.

Child Benefit Payments

  • If your benefit is due on 25 December 2017 then you will be paid on 21 December
  • If your benefit is due on 26 December 2017 then you will be paid on 22 December
  • If your benefit is due on 1 January 2018 then you will be paid on 29 December

Tax Credits

  • Tax credits due to be paid on Monday 25 December – it will be paid on Friday 22 December.
  • Tax credits due to be paid on Tuesday 26 December – it will be paid on Friday 22 December.
  • Tax credits due to be paid on Wednesday 27 December – it will be paid on Friday 22 December.
  • Tax credits due to be paid on Thursday 28 December – it will be paid on Wednesday 27 December.
  • Tax credits due to be paid on Monday 1 January 2018 – it will be paid on Friday 29 December.
  • Tax credits due to be paid on Tuesday 2 January 2018 – it will be paid on Friday 29 December.
  • Tax credits due to be paid on Wednesday 3 January 2018 – it will be paid Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Pension Benefit

  • Between Friday 22 December 2017 and Wednesday 27 December 2017 you will be paid on Friday 22 December 2017
  • Thursday 28 December 2017 – you will be paid on Thursday 28 December 2017
  • Between Friday 29 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 you will be paid on Friday 29 December 2017

Universal Credit/Job Seeker’s Allowance¬†

  • If your payment is supposed to come into your account on Christmas Day or Boxing Day then you will receive it on Friday, December 22.
  • Payments due on Thursday, December 28 will still be paid that day.
  • Payments between Friday, December 29 and Monday, January 1 will be paid on Friday, December 29.

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