The £650 support payment from the government was split into two installments
You need to know.
When is the next price increase due?
So far, the government has not announced a specific date for the payment of the second cost-of-living money, only saying that it will come for most in “autumn 2022”.
This is the schedule the government has set for payment based on the benefits or tax credits you receive:
- universal credit: first payment of £326 between 14-31 July for most people, second payment of £324 in autumn 2022
- Earnings-related Jobseeker’s Allowance: first payment of £326 between 14-31 July for most people, second payment of £324 in autumn 2022
- Earnings-based Employment and Support Allowance: first payment of £326 between 14-31 July for most people, second payment of £324 in autumn 2022
- Income support: first payment of £326 between 14-31 July for most people, second payment of £324 in autumn 2022
- pension credit: first payment of £326 between 14-31 July for most people, second payment of £324 in autumn 2022
- tax credits: £326 in September 2022 for most people, second payment of £324 from winter 2022
Why haven’t I received my first payment yet?
The government says there may be reasons why your payment is delayed – for example, if you are awarded a qualifying benefit at a later date or you change the account into which your benefit or tax credit is paid.
It states that you will continue to be paid the cost-of-living allowance automatically and you do not need to go to the DWP or HMRC.
Another reason you may not have received payment is that you are still awaiting a decision on your benefit claim or appeal. If you are eligible, you will automatically receive your living expenses payment at a later date.
If you receive tax credits, you won’t get your first living expense payment until September 2022.
If you think you should have received the £326 payment but can’t see it in your bank, building society or credit union account, you can report a missing payment.
Who is entitled to the payment?
The cost of living payment is paid to those who are already claiming certain benefits or tax credits.
You may be entitled to a payment of £650, paid in two lump sums, if you receive payment for any of the following:
- universal credit
- Income-related unemployment benefit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- social care
- pension credit
- child allowance
- Labor Tax Credit
Note that if you receive New Style Employment and Support Allowance, Contributed Employment and Support Allowance, or New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance, you will not receive payment unless you receive Universal Credit.
If you have a joint claim with a partner you will receive a payment of £326 and a payment of £324 for your joint claim when you are entitled to the payment.
You can get a lump sum payment of £150 if you receive any of the following:
- attendance fee
- Permanent Care Allowance
- Adult Disability Allowance
- Disability allowance for children
- Personal Independence Payment
- Adult Disability Pay (in Scotland)
- Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Mobility supplement to the war pension
Receive payment beginning September 2022 – Payments will be made to individuals receiving a qualifying disability from DWP before payments are made to individuals receiving a qualifying benefit from the Department of Defense.