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Cost of Living Payments – updated August 2023

  • If you claim means-tested benefits and tax credits (Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support, Working Tax Credits, etc), you’ll get £900 in total. Payments will be spread throughout the year in installments. These are expected in Spring 2023, Autumn 2023 and Spring 2024.
    • £301 paid between 25 April 2023 and 17 May 2023 for most people on DWP benefits
    • £301 paid between 2 and 9 May 2023 for most people on tax credits and no other low income benefits
    • £300 paid between 31 October and 19 November 2023 for most people on Universal Credit, Tax Credits or Legacy Income-based benefits.
    • £299 paid during spring 2024 for most people
  • Pensioners will receive £300 in the 2023-2024 tax year. If you’re entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024, you will get an extra £150 or £300 paid with your normal payment from November 2023.
  • If you claim a disability benefit (Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, etc), you’ll receive £150 for the 2023-24 tax year. Most people were paid the £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment automatically between 20 June 2023 and 4 July 2023.

You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. This includes if you’re found to be eligible at a later date. Full eligibility information can be found here.

The Energy Price Guarantee will be kept at £2,500 for an additional three months from April to June, saving a typical household £160.

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