If you are claiming certain benefits or tax credits, you could be eligible for a payment to help you with the cost of living.
These payments are not taxable and won’t affect the benefits or tax credits you already get.
Did you receive your Cost of Living Payment?
If entitled, you should have received your first payment by the end of July. If you’re a claimant who has not received your Cost of Living payment, you can visit the ‘Report a missing Cost of Living payment’ section on the GOV.UK website, enter your personal details and your missing payment will be investigated.
You may get a payment of £650 paid in two lump sums of £326 and £324 if you are a claimant of certain benefits. You may be eligible if you already receive any of the following:
- Universal Credit
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income support
- Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
Second Cost of Living Payment
To receive the second Cost of Living payment, you must have been in receipt of a qualifying benefit between 26th August and 25th September. How much you can expect and when depends on the benefit you are receiving:
- Universal Credit – £324 (Between 8th and 23rd November 2022 for most people.)
- Income based JSA, Income related ESA, Income Support and Pension Credit – £324 (Between 8th and 23rd November 2022 for most people.)
- Tax Credits – £324 (Between 23rd and 30th November 2022 for most people.)
For more information, visit the GOV.UK Cost of Living Payment page.
Disability Cost of Living Payment
You could receive a one-off payment of £150 if you receive any of the following:
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance for adults
- Disability Living Allowance for children
- Personal Independence Payment
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- War Pension Mobility Supplement
You must have received a payment of one of these qualifying benefits from 25 May 2022 to get the payment. Payments will be made from September 2022.
Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
If you’re entitled to the £200 Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2022 to 2023, you will get an extra £300 for your household paid with your normal payment from November 2022. This is in addition to any Cost of Living Payment you get as part of your benefit or tax credits.
Your Winter Fuel Payment amount depends on your circumstances. You can find out more information on Winter Fuel Payments, here.
If you need any support with your finances, please get in touch with our Money Advice Team.
For more support with the cost of living crisis, visit our dedicated Cost of Living page.