The last bank holiday of the summer in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland falls on Monday, August 28. However, this holiday will also impact people in Scotland who are expecting benefit payments from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on that date. Payments due from Social Security Scotland will not be affected.
The reason for the change in payment dates is because all DWP offices and phone lines will be closed on Monday. To ensure that individuals can contact them if needed or address any payment issues, the DWP will be making payments on a day when their offices are open. Consequently, benefit payments scheduled for Monday, August 28 will be deposited into accounts on Friday, August 25.
Both the DWP and HMRC had announced these changes earlier this month. The DWP, in its Touchbase newsletter, stated that their offices and phone lines in Scotland will be closed on the bank holiday to align with the closure in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Benefit payments affected by this change include State Pension, Universal Credit, Child Benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Attendance Allowance, Tax Credits, and other benefit payments that were scheduled for Monday, August 28.
It is important to note that only payments from the DWP and HMRC will be affected by the bank holiday. For those whose benefit is not listed above, there will be no change to their payment date.
It is also worth mentioning that the bank holiday will not affect any devolved payments made by Social Security Scotland. Should there be any changes, updates will be provided.
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