Cost of Living Payments

At the end of May 2022 the government announced a range of support with the cost of living. The support is being provided automatically to those who are eligible, which means you should not need to apply for it. Payments are being made to those on means-tested benefits, disability benefits and pensioners.

On means-tested benefits

If you receive any of the following benefits you will probably be entitled to a low income cost of living payment of as much as £650:

  • Universal Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Child or Working Tax Credit

You will need to be in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits during a specified period to get the payment. If you’re not sure, give us a call on 0800 915 4604 or email advice@adviceni.net and we’ll help you to work it out.

The first £326 of this payment has already been issued to those eligible. The second part, amounting to £324, will be paid automatically to those receiving benefits paid by the Department for Communities between 8 and 23 November, whilst HMRC have confirmed that people in receipt of Child or Working Tax Credits will get their payment between 23 and 30 November.

If you have not received a payment and think you should have, contact the office that normally pays your benefit in the first instance:

Disabled

Those in receipt of disability benefits are being given an additional payment of £150 in recognition of the higher cost of living they experience. You have to have been entitled to any of the following on 25 May 2022 to qualify:

  • 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
  • Adult or Child Disability Payment in Scotland

Payments should have been made to everyone who is eligible, so report a missing payment online if you have not received it as expected. You can then contact the Disability and Carers Service on 0800 587 0912 if you do not receive a reply.

Pensioners

Pensioners are being given an extra £300 top-up to the Winter Fuel Allowance in recognition of their higher energy consumption. This will be paid as part of the standard Winter Fuel Allowance.

To qualify for the Winter Fuel Allowance, you need to have reached State Pension age by the qualifying week, which this year means you must have been born before 26 September 1956.

Most payments are made automatically during November and December, but if you do not receive the State Pension you might have to make an application. If you need help making a claim, contact your local advice centre for assistance.

More information, including payment rates for 2022-23, is available at nidirect.