Cost of Living Payment – GOV.UK

You may be able to get a payment to help cover the cost of living if you receive certain benefits or tax credits.

You don’t need to apply. You will be paid automatically.

If you qualify, you will be paid automatically the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. This includes if you are found to be eligible for a cost of living allowance or a cost of living disability allowance at a later date.

You could get up to 3 different types of payment depending on your situation on a particular date or during a particular period:

  • a cost-of-living payment, if you receive an eligible low-income benefit or tax credits
  • a disability cost of living payment, if you are receiving a qualifying disability benefit
  • a pensioner cost of living payment, if you are entitled to a winter fuel payment for the winter of 2022 to 2023

These payments are not taxable and will not affect any benefits or tax credits you obtain.

Low income benefits and tax credits

You can receive a payment of £650 paid in 2 lump sums of £326 and £324 if you receive payments from any of the following:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment and Income Support Benefit (ESA)
  • Income support
  • Pension credit
  • Child tax credit
  • Work Tax Credit

You will not receive a payment if you are on New Style Employment and Support Allowance, Contributory Employment and Support Allowance or New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance, unless you benefit from universal credit.

If you have a joint claim with a partner, you will receive a payment of £326 and a payment of £324 for your joint claim, if you are entitled to it.

Universal Credit

To get the first Cost of Living payment of £326, you must have been entitled to a payment (or subsequently be entitled to a payment) from Universal Credit for an assessment period that ended between April 26, 2022 and May 25, 2022. .

We will update these guidelines when the government announces the qualifying dates to get the second payment of £324.

Payment will be made separately from your performance. It will appear in your bank, building society, or credit union account, or on your payment exception service voucher receipt, as ‘DWP Cost of life’.

Universal credit “zero rewards”

You will not be eligible for the cost of living payment if your earnings have reduced your Universal Credit to £0 for the qualifying assessment period. This is sometimes called a “zero reward”. If money was also taken for other reasons (like paying rent to your landlord or money you owe), you may still be eligible.

Income based JSAincome based ESAincome support and pension credit

To get the first cost of living payment of £326 you must have been entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) based on income. JSAincome related ESAincome support or pension credit for any day from April 26, 2022 to May 25, 2022.

We will update these guidelines when the government announces the qualifying dates to get the second payment of £324.

Payment will be made separately from your performance. It will appear in your bank, building society, or credit union account, or on your payment exception service voucher receipt, as ‘DWP Cost of life’.

Tax credits

To get the first cost of living payment of £326, you must have received, or later receive, for any day in the period 26 April 2022 to 25 May 2022:

  • payment of tax credits
  • an annual award of at least £26 in tax credits

We will update these guidelines when the government announces the qualifying dates to get the second payment of £324.

If you get both a child tax credit and a working tax credit, you will receive a cost of living payment for the child tax credit only.

If you benefit from tax credits HMRC and a low income benefit of DWPyou will receive a cost of living payment of DWP only.

When you will be paid

Benefit or tax credit Cost of living payment When you will be paid
Universal Credit £326 Between July 14 and July 31, 2022 for most people
£324 Fall 2022
Income based JSA £326 Between July 14 and July 31, 2022 for most people
£324 Fall 2022
Income related ESA £326 Between July 14 and July 31, 2022 for most people
£324 Fall 2022
Income support £326 Between July 14 and July 31, 2022 for most people
£324 Fall 2022
Pension credit £326 Between July 14 and July 31, 2022 for most people
£324 Fall 2022
Tax credits £326 From autumn 2022
£324 From winter 2022

Your payment may arrive later, for example if you receive an eligible benefit at a later date or if you change the account to which your benefit or tax credits are paid. You will always receive the cost of living payment automatically and you will not need to contact DWP Where HMRC.

DWP and HMRC use a computer program to identify those eligible to receive a cost of living payment. If this is not to your liking, you can contact the office paying your allowance or tax credits to discuss this.

Payment of the cost of living in the event of disability

You can get a lump sum payment of £150 if you qualify for any of the following:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Constant attendance allowance
  • Disability living allowance for adults
  • Living allowance for children with disabilities
  • Payment for personal independence
  • Payment for Disabled Adults (in Scotland)
  • Disabled Child Payment (in Scotland)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War pension mobility supplement

Eligibility

You must have received payment (or later receive payment) from one of these eligible benefits by May 25, 2022 to receive payment.

If you are receiving an eligible Department of Defense disability benefit (MOD) and an eligible disability benefit of DWPyou will receive a disability cost of living payment from DWP only.

When you will be paid

You will receive payment beginning in September 2022. Payments will be made to individuals who obtain an eligible disability of DWP prior to payments to individuals receiving an eligible Department of Defense benefit.

Payment of cost of living for retirees

If you are entitled to a winter fuel payment for winter 2022 to 2023, you will receive an additional £300 for your cleaning paid with your normal payment from November 2022. This is in addition to any cost payment life you receive with your benefit or tax credits.

The total amount of winter fuel payment you will receive for winter 2022 to 2023 depends on your situation. These amounts are for winter 2022 to 2023 only.

Your situation Born between September 26, 1942 and September 25, 1956 Born on or before September 25, 1942
You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify) £500 £600
You are eligible and live with someone under 80 who is also eligible £250 £350
You are eligible and live with someone age 80 or older who is also eligible £250 £300
You qualify and live with an eligible partner, and one of you receives certain benefits £500 – only one of you will receive payment £600 – only one of you will receive payment
You qualify and live with someone (not your partner) who qualifies, and one of you gets certain benefits £500 – you will both receive payment £600 – you will both receive payment
You qualify, live in a nursing home and do not have certain benefits £250 £300

Other help

Find out what other financial benefits and supports you could get to help cover your living expenses.

Use an independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get.

You may be able to get other types of assistance, including:

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