When do Universal Credit Christmas payments arrive? The Department for Work and Pensions have released the dates when people can expect to be paid around Christmas 2021
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Christmas is looming and for those on universal credit, it is vital that payment days are marked clearly in the calendar. The Department for Work and Pensions have revealed the payment days in order for the people who use the scheme to get ahead of the festive season and plan accordingly.
The government recently drew criticism for introducing £20-a-week cuts to universal credit. Around 5.4 million people across England, Scotland and Wales use the scheme.
Economists and various charities have warned the cut risks pushing people further in to poverty.
In the 54 seats taken by the Conservatives in 2019, analysis by the Mirror shows that a total of 501,370 households, including 340,000 children, will be affected.
In the same areas, around 200,000 people will see their income reduce by up to £1,000 a year.
When will I get my Universal Credit money for Christmas?
Christmas is a difficult period for a lot of people and there is particular uncertainty for those who usually receive their payments around the end of the month.
Christmas Day is on a Saturday this year and Boxing Day therefore falls on the Sunday. The Monday and Tuesday the following week are bank holidays so those on universal credit can expect to receive their payments on the Friday before Christmas Day, which is Christmas Eve.
- Due date: December 27; payment date: December 24
- Due date: December 28; payment date: December 24
- Due date: January 3; payment date: December 31
Why is my Universal Credit payment being cut?
There was a £20-a-week increase in universal credit payments brought in to support those on low income during the Covid-19 pandemic. This increase has now been taken away, despite users of universal credit and many MPs wanting the scheme to stay.
The government argues that a wage rise will combat this, but the cut has been confirmed as bills go up due to shortages.
The fuel and gas prices has had a knock-on effect on the whole of the energy sector and energy regulator OFGEM increased the tariff cap by around £139 a year.
Several energy firms have already gone out of business.
Inflation is also set to hit 4%.