Most households will have received the cash between July 14 and 31, but those who haven’t been hit yet should be wary of scammers urging them to apply.
What should I do if I’m still waiting for this month’s payment?
The DWP advises all eligible households awaiting their £326 to contact the office that pays their benefits.
If you still haven’t received this money, don’t fall for scammers who will ask you to apply as the payment will be issued automatically.
The DWP has said crooks could be trying to trick people into claiming the £326 payments, allowing scammers to obtain bank details and other personal information.
A warning on the government website reads: “You don’t have to apply. You will be paid automatically.
“If you received a message asking you to apply or contact someone about payment, this could be a scam.”
Who is entitled to the payment?
To be eligible for the first payment of £326 you must have qualified for one of the following means-tested benefits on 25 May 2022:
- child allowance
- Income-related unemployment benefit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- social care
- pension credit
- universal credit
- Labor Tax Credit
If you receive any of the following benefits, you are not entitled to a cost-of-living allowance:
- attendance fee
- need of care
- child support
- Disabled Housing Allowance (DLA)
- “New Style” Employment and Support Allowance.
- education allowance
- New style of unemployment benefit.
- maternity allowance
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- State Pension
- Statutory sick pay
- Legal adoption, maternity, paternity and joint parental allowance
If you have housing benefit but no other benefit, you are not entitled to the £650 either, although it is means-tested. This is because HM Revenue & Customs cannot find you to pay you the money.
Instead, the government has advised people in this position to contact the Household Support Fund. This is a pot of emergency money that is distributed by the municipalities to those in need.
What other support is there?
If you’re claiming certain disability benefits, a living allowance of £150 will be due in September and pensioners receiving winter fuel payments will have an extra £300.
Every home in England, Scotland and Wales will also get a £400 rebate on their energy bills spread over six months from October.
Instead of a cash payment, the money is credited directly to your energy account. Debit and credit customers get the money credited to their account and customers with prepaid meters get the money added to their meter or paid via a voucher.
Support for people in Northern Ireland has not yet been announced.