DWP alert: Easter payment dates for Universal Credit plus 30 freebies Britons can claim

Pensions, Universal Credit and other payment rates from April

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This is because of two bank holidays in April: Good Friday and Easter Monday. The change will also affect other benefit claimants including those who receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

People who usually receive their money on Friday April 15 will receive their payment a day earlier on Thursday April 14.

Those who would usually receive Universal Credit on Monday April 18 will receive it three days early on Thursday April 14.

It’s not just Universal Credit payment dates that will change.

This also applies to people who receive Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, PIP and Pension Credit.

Everyone who receives state benefits should follow the same rule.

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This week the DWP launched a new campaign urging Tax Credits claimants to check whether they’d be better off on Universal Credit. 

While these are being gradually replaced by Universal Credit, claimants are being encouraged to check whether they would be better switching to the new system sooner rather than later.

In 2024, the existing Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit system will close as all claimants will have been moved over to the Universal Credit system.

However, not all Tax Credit customers will be better off on Universal Credit.

They should use a benefits calculator to check before doing anything.

Once a change in circumstance has been triggered, Britons can’t go back.

The DWP has launched a new section on the Universal Credit website for Tax Credit customers to help people make an informed decision.

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Universal Credit claimants can benefit from 30 freebies:

  • Reduced council tax bills
  • Capped water bills
  • Half price bus
  • Discounted rail fares
  • Free or discounted gym membership
  • Help with new job costs
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme of £140 off fuel bills
  • £25 in Cold Weather Payments
  • Free or cheap broadband from TalkTalk, Virgin Media and BT
  • Cheap BT phone calls
  • Free prescriptions for people with zero income or those on a low income
  • Free dental treatment
  • Eye tests and discounted glasses
  • Free school transport
  • Free school meals
  • Discounted childcare costs
  • £150 towards school uniforms – dependent on the local authority
  • £1,200 free cash as part of the Government’s Help to Save scheme
  • Food vouchers for kids as part of the Healthy Start scheme
  • Maternity grant up to £1,000
  • Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make changes to a home
  • Homeowners can apply for up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler
  • Homeowners can get help to pay for double glazing as part of the Green Homes Scheme
  • Up to £300 in Winter Fuel Payments
  • Free wigs or fabric support provided by the NHS
  • Free health travel costs
  • Help with housing costs
  • Help with funeral costs
  • Bereavement support payments
  • Reduced court fees.

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