Here’s when Universal Credit payments will go to people in Eastbourne this festive period.
Because of the day Christmas falls this year, payments will be paid early, depending on the individual’s payment dates.
This is because Christmas is on a Tuesday, and Christmas Day and Boxing Day are both public holidays.
• If your normal payment is on December 25 or 16, it will be paid on December 24
• If it is on December 29 or 30 it will be paid on December 28
• If your normal payment is on January 1, it will be paid on December 31
• And if your normal payment is on January 27, 28, 31 or 2, the payment date will remain the same.
If residents are paid earlier or later than they anticipated, their money will need to go further during the Christmas period.
Money Service Advice, a provider of free impartial financial advice set up by the Government, has provided some tips from its financial experts which may help save money.
• If you want to buy anything in the Boxing Day sales, make a note of the item’s price now to see if the saving is worth it.
• Before you do your Christmas food shop, use a comparison tool to compare the price of your basket.
• Make a meal plan for all the leftover food after Christmas to ensure none of it goes to waste.
• Leave your shopping until the last minute – prices often start to come down by December 20.
• If you’re staying with friends or family over Christmas, set the heating in your home to a lower temperature.
• Give a different gift – a voucher of your time, or an I.O.U. for a day out.
• Say yes to Christmas drinks, but no to expensive cocktails – stick to house wine and beer.
• Take your loyalty cards everywhere – many retailers offer bonus points over the festive period.
• Get cashback on any presents you buy online.
• Don’t borrow, it’s not worth it for one day.
Money Advice Service has also created a Money Manager tool which provides tailored information specifically for Universal Credit claimants.