MILLIONS of households are set to get a cash boost when they receive a Â£324 cost of living payment today.
TheÂ cash support – part of the bigger Â£650 boost –Â will be paid directly into people’s bank accounts.
Everyone on means-tested benefits will get the cash asÂ part of a package of plans announced by the government.
That means those on Universal Credit and legacy benefits like tax credits will get the help.
The first half was paid in July this year, and the second half will begin arriving in accounts between today and November 23.
These payments are on top of a separate Â£300 going out to all over state pension age.
Roughly one million households claiming tax credits will need to wait until later in the month to get the second payment.
This is to avoid duplicate payments where people claim tax credits and another qualifying benefit.
But many on certain benefits – contributions based Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – as well as those who receive a Carers Allowance will miss out on the payment.
What benefits won’t qualify for the Â£324 payment?
The following benefits on their own won’t qualify you for the Â£324 cost of living payment.
But often if you’re getting these, you could be eligible for means-tested benefits which means you could get parts of it.
Anyone can check if they are eligible for benefits using a simple calculator tool.
You can use a free benefits checker from Turn2Us, Policy in Practice or EntitledTo to see.
You could also qualify for a different one-off payment instead, for instance, if you have a disability or are over state pension age – see more in the sections below.
- Attendance allowance
- Carer’s allowance
- Child benefit
- Disability living allowance (DLA)
- Contributory, or “new style”, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Guardian’s allowance
- Contribution-based, or “new style”, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Maternity allowance
- Personal Independence payment
- State pension
- Statutory adoption, maternity, paternity and shared parental pay
- Statutory sick pay
Other help you could claim
If you’re struggling, there are still a few cash boosts and schemes which could grant you support, especially as we shift into a chilly winter.
Millions of pensioners will get a Â£300 payment, known as the pensioner cost of living payment.
The payment will be made in November or December and it will help many heat their home this winter.
Up to a million pensioners could be missing out on the Â£650 payment on top though.
That’s because they are eligible for pension credit – and so the Â£650 payment too – but have not applied.
Pensioners on low incomes are being urged to claim so they can get the support.
Â£400 energy discount
Since October 1, all households have started to receive a Â£400 energy bill discount.
The payment will be dished out by your energy supplier and will be split across six discounts between October and March next year.
Households will receive a Â£66 discount this month and another worth Â£67 in December, January, February and March.
Â£150 warm home discount
Millions of households are in line to get the Â£150 Warm Home Discount between December and March 2023.
The Warm Home Discount is available to those on the lowest incomes to help with rising costs.
In previous years, households received a Â£140 discount and most had to apply for the payment.
However, you no longer have to claim to get the cash and you’ll automatically qualify if you are receiving certain benefits.
Your energy supplier will dish out the payment, worth Â£150 this year, as long as you were receiving any of the qualifying benefits on or before Sunday, August 21.
Read here to find out more about whether you qualify.
Check if you can get an energy grant
There are plenty of energy grants and schemes open to help you out if you’re struggling.
British Gas has opened applications for struggling households to claim up to Â£1,500 – but you need to be a British Gas customer to apply for this help.
Ask your supplier what’s on offer and how to apply, or check here:
- Bulb energy fund
- EDF’s energy customer support fund
- E.on’s energy fund
- Npower’s energy fund
- Octopus Energy Octo Assist fund
- Ovo’s debt and energy assistance
- Scottish Power’s hardship fund
You can get free debt advice
If you’re in debt, there are plenty of services you can take advantage of and they offer free advice on how to manage debt.
Most of them can offer you free guidance and help in person, over the telephone or online.
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