Universal Credit can be claimed by most people who are on a low income or are out of work entirely. Claimants will also need to be aged between 18 and state pension age, have less than £16,000 in savings and be living in the UK – although there are some exceptions for those aged 16 to 17.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the next bank holiday falls on August 31.
If a claimant’s usual payment date falls on this day, they’ll likely see their payment come through on August 28.
This could impact partners who both claim Universal Credit as they’ll get one payment each month for the household.
Universal Credit can be claimed online and claimants will need certain information at hand to move forward.
Once a claimant starts receiving payments they’ll be required to report any change in their circumstances to the government.
This can include finishing a job, having a child or moving in with a partner.
These changes need to be reported as they could impact how much is paid.
If the claimant fails to report a change in circumstance, their payments could be reduced or stopped entirely.