Over 12.4 million older people across the UK currently receive regular monthly payments through their state pensions, of which 981,399 are Scottish.
The state pension is paid by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) every four weeks between Monday and Friday – there are no payment dates on weekends – however, they sometimes change to due to holidays such as those arriving next month for Christmas and New Year.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has already confirmed changes to tax credit and family allowance payments during the Holiday Fortnight, but so far the DWP has only confirmed the payment of the Christmas Â£ 10, which will be paid out to eligible applicants by December 25.
Public holidays during the holiday season can affect when many claimants receive their regular payment. a Saturday and a Sunday this year.
This means that Monday December 27 and Tuesday December 28 will be classified as public holidays, as well as Monday January 3 and Tuesday January 4 (Scotland only) will also be classified as public holidays.
Changing these payment dates could affect when people receiving state pensions will be paid.
If you are not sure when your state pension is due, just check the last two digits of your National Insurance Number.
Last two digits and days of payment:
- 00 to 19 – paid on Monday
- 20 to 39 – paid on a Tuesday
- 40 to 59 – paid on Wednesday
- 60 to 79 – paid on a Thursday
- 80 to 99 – paid on a Friday
DWP payment dates possible over Christmas and New Years
The DWP has yet to confirm payment dates for the holidays, but it is expected to follow revised guidelines from HMRC.
Benefits of DWP that may be affected:
- State pension
- Universal Credit
- Pension credit
- Disability living allowance (DLA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Attendance allowance
- Care allowance
- Employment support allowance (ASE)
- Income support
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
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Estimated payment dates
More information on public holidays can be found on the GOV.UK website here.
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