How and when your benefits are paid
Benefits are usually paid straight into your bank, building society or credit union account.
If your payment date is on a weekend or a bank holiday you’ll usually be paid on the working day before. This may be different for tax credits and child benefit.
|How often you will be paid|
|Attendance Allowance||Usually every 4 weeks|
|Carer's Allowance||Weekly in advance or every 4 weeks|
|Child Benefit||Usually every 4 weeks - or weekly if you are a single parent or you or your partner get certain benefits|
|Disability Living Allowance||Usually every 4 weeks|
|Employment and Support Allowance||Usually every 2 weeks|
|Income Support||Usually every 2 weeks|
|Jobseeker's Allowance||Usually every 2 weeks|
|Pension Credit||Usually every 4 weeks|
|Personal Independence Payment||Usually every 4 weeks|
|State Pension||Usually every 4 weeks|
|Tax Credits, such as Working Tax Credits||Every 4 weeks or weekly. Check your payment date if you are paid every 4 weeks|
|Universal Credit||Every month|
How your benefits are paid
You’ll be asked for bank, building society or credit union account details when you claim. You can only get paid in a different way if you have problems opening or managing an account.
If you cannot open or manage a bank, building society or credit union account
Contact the office that pays your benefit to find out how to get it paid.
If you receive Universal Credit, call the Universal Credit helpline.
Changes to payments to Post Office card accounts
Benefit payments to Post Office card accounts will stop on 30 November 2021.
If your benefits are paid to a Post Office card account, you must arrange for your payments to be transferred to your bank, building society or credit union account. Call the Department for Work and Pensions to arrange for the payments to be transferred.
Post Office card account transfers
Telephone: 0800 085 7133
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Guardian’s Allowance and Tax Credits
You can get the money paid into any bank, building society or credit union account, apart from a Nationwide Building Society account in someone else’s name.
You can get the money paid into any bank, building society or credit union account, apart from a Nationwide cashbuilder account (sort code 070030) in someone else’s name.
Paying back benefits
You can repay benefits and allowances you get but feel you do not need.
Write to the department that paid the benefit. Their address will be on any letter you’ve received from them.
Include a cheque made payable to the department, along with your National Insurance number and details of the payment, such as the date and the amount.
You can only repay tax credits or Child Benefit if you’ve been overpaid.