DWP State Pension payment changes alert over new dates due to Jubilee bank holiday

The Department for Work and Pensions will be changing the payment dates for the State Pension next week because of the double bank holiday. The Spring Bank Holiday has been pushed back to Thursday, June 2, and will be followed by a special, one-off Platinum Jubilee bank holiday on Friday, June 3.

Combined with the weekend coming directly after those two bank holidays, this is giving many Brits a long four-day break from June 2 to 5. It will mean changes to a number of benefit payments, along with jobcentre and helpline opening times. But what about the State Pension –how is that affected?

The DWP says that any Government payments that are due over that period should instead go into people’s accounts on Wednesday, June 1. In the case of the State Pension, it won’t affect everyone out of the total of 12.5 million claimants.

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That’s because State Pension is paid on different days of the week, depending on a person’s National Insurance number, so the dates are set to change only for those who’d normally get their pension on the Thursday or Friday which are now bank holidays.

How to work out when your State Pension is paid

Last 2 digits of your National Insurance number Payment day of the week
00 to 19 Monday
20 to 39 Tuesday
40 to 59 Wednesday
60 to 79 Thursday
80 to 99 Friday

The DWP said: “On Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, offices and phone lines are closed. To make sure people receive their payments on a day when our offices are open, arrangements have been made to make some payments early.

“If the expected payment date is Thursday, June 2 or Friday, June 3, benefits will be paid early on Wednesday 1 June.”

These changes apply to the State Pension too, meaning those with 60-79 or 80-99 NI codes should get their money on Wednesday instead. If it does not go in on that day, be sure to ring the pension helpline before the end of the day.

Pension Service helplines

Telephone: 0800 731 7898
Textphone: 0800 731 7339
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 7898
British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service if you’re on a computer –find out how to use the service on mobile or tablet
Welsh language: 0800 731 7936
Welsh language textphone: 0800 731 7013

Lines are open Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm (except public holidays). Calls to 0800 numbers are free of charge.

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