Following the announcement that a bank holiday has been confirmed for the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, some people may be left worrying how this affects their benefit payments.
With soaring energy bills and the cost of living crisis continuing to affect families around the UK, it’s vital that households continue to receive their payments without interruption.
Ahead of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday 19 September, the Government has confirmed that benefits and credits will be paid early.
This is everything you need to know.
When will benefits be paid?
Those expecting benefits or credits to be paid on Monday 19 September will be paid early, the Government has confirmed.
Instead, the payment will now be made on Friday 16 September, the last working day before the bank holiday.
According to the Government, “the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have put arrangements in place to ensure all benefits and credits due to be paid on this date – now a bank holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral - will be delivered in advance”.
This announcement follows standard DWP and HMRC protocol that sees benefit and credit payment dates brought forward in line with national bank holidays.
Who is affected by the payment change?
This is the full list of payments affected by this announcement:
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Personal Independence Payment
- State Pension
- Universal Credit
- Child Benefit/Guardian’s Allowance
- Working Tax Credits
- Child Tax Credits
When is the Queen’s funeral?
Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will be held on Monday 19 September and was confirmed by King Charles III at his Accession Council.
At the time, Penny Mordaunt, Lord President of the Council, said: “Drafts of two proclamations. One - appointing the day of Her late Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“Two - appointing the day of Her late Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday in Scotland. And of two orders in council, directing the Lord Chancellor to affix the great seal to the proclamations.”
To which the King replied: “Approved.”
The funeral itself will take place at Westminster Abbey, beginning at 11am, following four days of the Queen Lying-in-State in Westminster Hall, to allow the public to pay their respects.
On the morning of Monday 19 September, the Lying-in-State will end and the Queen’s coffin will be taken in procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral service will take place.
After the service, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travel to Windsor.
Once there, the hearse will travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel.
Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.
The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.
Prince Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.