| 4.9°C Belfast

Glitch means Northern Ireland benefit claimants to get half payments - a week early

Close

Benefit claimants are set to get half their payment a week early.

Benefit claimants are set to get half their payment a week early.

Benefit claimants are set to get half their payment a week early.

Benefit claimants in Northern Ireland are set to get half their payment a week early due to a technical issue in the computer system.

The Department for Communities (DfC) has confirmed that some Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) customers will receive weekly payments instead of their normal fortnightly payments.

The technical issue will affect customers due a fortnightly payment on January 8, 9, 10 and 11.

As an example, claimants expecting a fortnightly payment on Thursday 10 January will receive half of their payment on Thursday 3 January and the other half on Thursday 10 January.

No one will miss out on a payment and customers do not need to take any further action.

ESA helps people with an illness, health condition or disability that makes it difficult or impossible to work, with their living costs.

A DfC spokesperson said that "customers should take account of this split in payments while planning their financial needs and budget accordingly".

Normal fortnightly payments will resume on 21 January.

The Department for Communities has apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Belfast Telegraph


Privacy