How often you’re paid
|Benefit||How often it's paid|
|Attendance Allowance||Usually every four weeks|
|Basic State Pension||Usually every four weeks|
|Carer’s Allowance||Weekly in advance, or every four or 13 weeks|
|Child Benefit||Every four weeks, or weekly if you’re a single parent or getting certain benefits|
|Disability Living Allowance||Usually every four weeks|
|Employment and Support Allowance||Usually every two weeks|
|Usually every two weeks|
|Income Support||Usually every two 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.|
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.
For Child Benefit, Guardian’s Allowance and Tax Credits the money can’t be paid into:
- Child Trust Fund accounts
- children’s accounts
- business and building society accounts that use a passbook
- National Savings and Investments (NS&I) accounts (apart from NS&I Investment Accounts and Direct Saver Accounts)
- some mortgage accounts
ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) have limits on the amount of money that can be paid into them. It’s recommended you don’t use these for Child Benefit.
Post Office card account
This account is specifically designed for you to receive benefits, state pension and tax credits.
No other income can be paid into your Post Office card account, for example, your salary.
To open a Post Office card account you’ll need:
- to contact the office that pays your benefit
- proof of identity, for example, a passport
- proof of where you’re living, for example, a recent bill with your name and address on it
If you don’t have a bank or Post Office card account, contact the office that pays your benefit to find out how to get your benefits paid.
Payment Exception Service
Payment Exception Service has replaced Simple Payment Service. For information, visit the following page:
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.