How often you’re paid
|Benefit||How often it's paid|
|Attendance Allowance||Usually every four weeks|
|Carer’s Allowance||Weekly in advance, or every four or 13 weeks|
|Child Benefit||Usually every four weeks, or weekly if you’re a single parent or you or your partner are getting certain benefits|
|Disability Living Allowance||Usually every four weeks|
|Employment and Support Allowance||Usually every two weeks|
|Income Support||Usually every two weeks|
|Jobseeker's Allowance||Usually every two weeks|
|Pension Credit||Usually every four weeks|
|Personal Independence Payment||Usually every four weeks|
|State Pension||Usually every four weeks|
|Tax credits, for example, Working Tax Credits||Every four weeks or weekly - check your payment dates for tax credits or Child Benefit if you’re paid every four weeks.|
|Universal Credit||Twice monthly|
If your payment is due on a bank holiday, you will usually be paid on the last working day before the holiday.
How your benefits are paid
You’ll be asked for your bank, building society or credit union account details when you claim. You can normally 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.
Changes to payments to Post Office card accounts
If your benefits are currently paid to a Post Office card account, you must arrange for your payments to be transferred to your bank, building society or suitable credit union account as the Post Office card account service is closing.
To arrange for your benefit payments to be made to another account you should contact 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, 8:30am to 4pm
Find out about call charges
Choosing a payment method
To help you choose a payment method that is right for your circumstances,support services are available via:
- the Department for Communities (DfC) Make the Call Wraparound Service which can be accessed at 0800 232 1271 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- you can contact Advice NI on 0800 9154604
- contact the Money Advice Service on 0800 138 7777
Guardian’s Allowance and Tax Credits
You can get the money paid into any account, apart from a Nationwide Building Society account in someone else’s name.
You can get the money paid into any account, apart from a Nationwide cashbuilder account (sort code 070030) in someone else’s name.
Paying back benefits
You can repay any benefits and allowances you get but feel you don’t 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, for example, the date and the amount.