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Cost of Living Crisis

Millions of people on means-tested benefits will receive the first of two Cost of Living Payments totalling £650 from 14 July 2022, as part of a £37billion government package to help families with cost of living pressures.

The first £326 instalment for qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be paid by their usual payment method from 14 July 2022, continuing to the end of the month. For those eligible, the rest will follow in a second instalment in the autumn.

People receiving tax credits and no other eligible benefits will receive their first payment from HMRC in autumn and the second in winter.

In total, millions of vulnerable households will receive at least £1,200 from the Government this year to help cover rising costs. There are specific payments for those on means tested benefits, for pensioners, those on disability benefits and to help people with energy bills.

For more information, go to the Cost Of Living Payment page on Gov.UK.

Other cost of living support information can be found at Help for Households on Gov.UK


Payment Details

Payment nameCost of living payment, totally £650 for those on low income, means-tested benefits
Date to be paid

First payment of £326 will be paid from July 14 with a second payment of £324 to be paid in the Autumn - totalling £650

Who is eligible

People on an eligible benefit in payment on each qualifying date. These benefits are: 

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
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Payment name

Cost of Living Payment, totalling £650, for those on Tax Credits only

Date to be paid

First payment of £326 will be paid from Autumn 2022 with a second payment of £324 to be paid Winter 2022 - totalling £650

Who is eligible

For eligible households receiving tax credits on each qualifying date.

It is possible for customers to be entitled to both tax credits and other eligible benefits. So HMRC will make payments to eligible customers receiving tax credits only, shortly after DWP paying to all those on other benefits, to avoid duplicate payments.

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Payment name

One-off disability payment of £150

Date to be paid

September 2022

Who is eligible

People on an eligible disability benefit in payment on any day between April 26 and May 25 2022 will receive a one-off payment of £150 in September. Use the link below to see who is eligible.

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Payment name

One-off £300 increase to Winter Fuel Payment

Date to be paid

As part of Winter Fuel Payment from mid-November

Who is eligible

This one-off increase go to more than 8 million pensioner households across the UK who receive the Winter Fuel Payment and will be paid on top of any other one-off support an eligible pensioner household is entitled to.

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