When can households expect the next £324 cost of living payment?

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The Government has been distributing cost of living payments over the summer as part of a £15billion support package to help households with soaring living costs. There are various schemes, offered to those claiming certain benefits and payments, and more instalments are due over the next few months.

Rising food, energy, and fuel bills have sent inflation rocketing by 10.1 percent according to the last Consumer Price Index report in July.

But while inflationary figures are expected to peak at 14 percent by the end of the year as energy prices take another jump in October, the Government’s cost of living payment scheme is in place to help soften the blow.

The scheme offers three different types of one-off payments for eligible households, and these include:

  • Cost of living payment, worth £650 paid in two instalments for those eligible
  • Disability cost of living payment, worth £150
  • Pensioner payment, £300 added to the Winter Fuel Payment

Millions of Britons have already received the first half of the main £650 cost of living payment over the summer, while the second instalments, as well as the disability and pensioner payments, are due to be distributed over the autumn and winter months.

Here’s when people can expect the second instalments of the cost of living payments.

Cost of living payment

The £650 cost of living payment is being made in two lump sums and to be eligible, people must be on one of the following means-tested benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income support

To receive the first £326 instalment of the payment, claimants must have been entitled to receive a benefit payment or tax credits between April 26, 2022 and May 25, 2022, and most would have already received this.

Those who claim Universal Credit, Income-related Employment Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support and Pension Credit, would have seen the first instalment hit bank accounts between July 14 to July 31.

While households on Tax Credits should see the first instalment of £326 hit accounts from September 2 to September 7.

The second £324 instalment is due to be paid over the coming months, and many will be wondering just when to expect it.

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The exact dates haven’t been released yet but according to the DWP, here’s when people on the following benefits can expect the second payment:

  • Universal Credit – Autumn 2022
  • Income-based JSA – Autumn 2022
  • Income-related ESA – Autumn 2022
  • Income Support – Autumn 2022
  • Pension Credit – Autumn 2022
  • Tax credits – Winter 2022

When will the other two cost of living payments be paid?

The disability cost of living payment and the pensioner payment are also expected over the next few months.

Disability cost of living payment

To be eligible for the disability cost of living payment, claimants must have been receiving any of the following benefits on May 25, 2022:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance for adults
  • Disability Living Allowance for children
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Adult Disability Payment
  • Child Disability Payment
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

These groups will see a one-off £150 disability cost of living payment (on top of the main cost of living payment if eligible) and it’s due to land from September 20, 2022.

Pensioner households who will receive a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2022 to 2023 will get an additional one-off £300 on top of the normal payment from November 2022.

The full amount of Winter Fuel Payment households receive depends on their respective circumstances, from age to who they live with. To see the full details of eligibility and payment terms, visit the Government website, here.

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