June 2 and 3 have been set aside as bank holidays, as the country prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Because of this, benefit payments due on these dates will temporarily be paid on different dates.
The Platinum Jubilee marks 70 years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth II, making her the first monarch in UK history to celebrate this anniversary.
The momentous occasion sparked two bank holidays, giving Britons a four-day weekend in the first week of June.
However, this also means slight disruption for those expecting benefit payments on these dates.
People expecting payments on the bank holidays can expect their money on June 1 instead.
People expecting their benefits before or after the long weekend will not be affected.
This is a temporary change to payment dates due to the long weekend.
Similar to the changed payment dates around Easter and Christmas, when bank holidays interfere with usual procedures.
If the claim is successful, they will usually receive their first payment seven days after the end of their first assessment period.
From then on, their Universal Credit will be paid on this date every month.
For example, if a person claims on May 1, their first assessment period will end on May 31.
They will receive their first payment on June 7, and the seventh of each month after that.