Three Cost of Living Payments are to be sent out across 2023/24 for people on means tested benefits, as well as extra payments for pensioners and people with disabilities. These could help you with high energy bills. Like the previous Cost of Living Payments, these will go directly into your bank account and you shouldn’t need to apply for them. Any messages asking you to apply for a Cost of Living Payment might be a scam.
You’re likely to qualify if you’re getting any of these benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Pension Credit
- Personal Independence Payment
- Disability Living Allowance
- Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)
- Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- War Pension Mobility Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance.
If you’re not getting these benefits and are living on a low income, it’s important to make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to.
Take a few minutes to check which benefits you can claim and how much you could get a month with our Benefits Calculator.
Three Cost of Living payments will be made to people getting these benefits:
- £300 – second Cost of Living Payment – between 31 October and 19 November 2023
- £250-600 – combined Winter Fuel Payment and pensioner Cost of Living Payment
- £299 – third Cost of Living Payment – during Spring 2024.
The first Cost of Living Payment (£301) was made 25 April 2023 – 17 May 2023. Disability Payment (£150) was paid between 20 June 2023 and 4 July 2023.
For more help with the cost of living, the government’s Help for HouseholdsOpens in a new window has energy-saving tips and information about the payments and extra support you could be entitled to.