- The £324 Cost of Living Payment, which follows on from a £326 payment made from July, is part of £1,200 support package for millions this year
- The £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment was provided in September, with a £300 additional pensioner payment to come in the Winter
Millions of households across the UK will receive a £324 cost of living cash boost by the 23 of November.
The government had previously announced that households receiving DWP benefits would receive the second part of the £650 Cost of Living Payment from 8 November and continuing through to the 23 November.
Over 8 million families have already received the first Cost of Living Payment, worth £326, which was sent out from 14 July this year.
The second payment will automatically be paid into the bank accounts of those eligible in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who receive a qualifying benefit, meaning they will not need to do anything to receive the money.
The DWP will have paid a small number of payments on the 8 November, with numbers increasing significantly from the 9 November. Even if you are not on a qualifying DWP benefit you may still be eligible for the £324 payment as HMRC are also making payments to those who receive tax credits and no other eligible benefits. These will be paid shortly after DWP payments and customers do not need to contact the government or apply for the payment at any stage.
This payment comes on top of extensive government support with the cost of living this winter, including around 6 million disabled people having been paid a separate £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment, whilst over 8 million pensioner households will receive an extra one-off £300 Winter Fuel Payment this year. This is in addition to an extension to the Household Support Fund, which is providing an extra £421 million for use between October and March to help vulnerable people with the essentials.
As well as this, a £150 Council Tax rebate was sent earlier this year to those in Council Tax bands A to D in England, creating a total of at least £1,200 in direct support for millions. A £400 reduction on energy bills is also being given to all domestic electricity customers over the coming months, and a new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’, which means from 1 October the average UK household will save at least £1,000 a year based on current energy prices.
- In a small minority of complex circumstances, claimants may be paid automatically after 23 November 2022 – for example, if they were deemed unable to claim certain benefits, but won backdated entitlement on appeal, or where payments were rejected due to invalid account details. The DWP will seek to contact claimants directly in the very small minority of cases where there are issues or delays.
- Low-income households are benefiting from government support in a variety of different ways. You can read more about the government’s cost of living support and what is available.
- More than 8 million families on means-tested benefits will receive up to £650 this year, made in 2 payments. This includes all families entitled to a payment of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Pension Credit.
- The DWP is making the payment in 2 payments – the first from 14 July, the second in November 2022. Payments from HMRC for those on tax credits only will follow shortly after each to avoid duplicate payments.
- To be eligible for the second payment, families must have been entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of either:
- Universal Credit for an assessment period that ended in the period 26 August to 25 September.
- Income-based JSA, income-related ESA, Income Support or Pension Credit for any day in the period 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022.
- Tax credit-only customers, who will receive the second payment shortly after DWP payments, must have received a payment, or an annual award of at least £26, of tax credits for any day in the period 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022, or later found to be entitled to tax credits for this period.
- This payment will be tax-free, will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on existing benefit awards.
- These payments are being delivered in 2 slightly different amounts of £326 and £324. The distinct value relates to a specific qualifying period, so it is simpler to determine if a payee received the correct payments, reducing the fraud risk of people who claim not to have had one of the specific 2 payments, as DWP will be able to clearly track those who have.
- We estimate that around one in 4 families in the UK will be eligible for the second payment of the means-tested benefit cost of living payment.
- DWP management information is derived from actual volumes of automated payments made by the DWP Central Payment System rounded to the nearest hundred thousand. Numbers may not add up due to rounding.
For comprehensive guidance on this topic including specific eligibility criteria, please refer to the following government website: