With the Easter Holidays just around the corner, many families across Britain are budgeting just in time for the special holidays.
But with the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend threatening to disrupt the usual benefit payment plans, many are wondering how Easter affects the payment dates.
Benefits are usually paid straight into your bank account, building society or credit union every four weeks.
Thankfully, according to NI Direct, benefits payments which fall on a Bank Holiday are released ahead of time.
NI Direct said: “If your payment is due on a Bank Holiday, you will usually be paid on the last working day before the holiday.”
When will benefits be payed out over Easter?
The two benefit payments affected by the holidays are the Child Benefits and Tax Credits which typically hit your bank account on April 2.
Instead, the Child Benefits payment date was pulled back ahead of the Bank Holiday to Thursday March 29.
Similarly the Tax Credits will be payed out earlier on Thursday March 29.
The prior Tax Credits payments due Friday March 30, will also be released a day early on Thursday March 29.
What are the key Easter Holidays dates?
Good Friday, the first of the upcoming Bank Holidays, falls on Friday March 30.
Thereafter Easter Sunday falls on Sunday April 1, which also happens to be April Fools.
Bank Holiday Monday falls on Monday April 2.
When are benefits normally paid?
Attendance Allowance: Usually paid every four weeks.
Basic State Pension: Usually paid every four weeks.
Carer’s Allowance: Paid weekly in advance or every four or 13 weeks.
Child Benefits: Paid every four weeks or on a weekly basis if you are a single parent or reaching certain benefits.
Disability Living Allowance: Usually paid every four weeks.
Employment and Support Allowance: Usually paid every two weeks.
Jobseeker’s Allowance: Usually paid every two weeks.
Income Support: Usually paid every two weeks.
Tax credits, for example, Working Tax Credits: Typically paid every four weeks or on a weekly basis. NI Direct advises recipients to check their payment dates for tax credits or Child Benefits if paid every four weeks.