Universal Credit bank holiday payments: When will I get paid my Universal Credit in May?

The first bank holiday comes this Friday in celebration of VE (Victory in Europe) Day which will mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. The second bank holiday is due at the end of the month, on Monday, May 25. Recipients of Universal Credit and other benefits may have to wait longer for their money as a result. 

When will I get paid my Universal Credit in May?

Universal Credit is a monthly benefit payment which is usually paid out on the same date. 

Those applying for Universal Credit have to wait five weeks for their first payment, which consists of a one-month assessment period in which income and circumstances are thoroughly checked. 

Another seven day-wait is expected for the money to reach recipients’ account. 

Universal Credit payday is determined by the first date you received your monthly payment, but can be moved in any month to make way for bank holidays or weekends. 

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During the upcoming May bank holiday (VE Day), Universal Credit will be paid on:

Due: Friday, May 8

Paid: Thursday, May 7 

Due: Saturday, May 9 

Paid: Thursday, May 7 

Due: Sunday, May 10 

Paid: Thursday, May 9 

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During the late May Bank Holiday weekend, payments will be made on:

Due: Saturday, May 23

Paid: Friday, May 23

Due: Sunday, May 24 

Paid: Friday, May 22

Due: Monday, May 25 (Spring Bank Holiday) 

Paid: Friday, May 22 

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Why is the early May Bank Holiday on a Friday this year?

The early May bank holiday was changed this year, to take place on a Friday as opposed to Monday. 

This is so that the public holiday can coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The change was announced last June, which results in an estimated 30million diaries and calendars being misprinted, according to The Sun. 

As part of VE Day celebrations, thousands of pubs were going to encourage drinkers to toast to war heroes, while churches were set to take part in a Ringing Out for Peace. 

Like all mass gatherings, however, public VE Day celebrations have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus. 

Chief Executive of Armed Forces charity SSAFA, Sir Andrew Gregory said: “It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in a collective memory, including future generations – this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again. 

“It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world.”

The May Day bank holiday has only ever been moved once before, when it was nudged from May 1 to May 8 in 1995 to make way for VE Day’s 50th anniversary. 

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