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When will you receive the cost of living payments?

Isobel Lawrance 4th Sep 2023 No Comments

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If you’re on many types of benefits you’re probably wondering ‘when will I receive my next cost of living payment?’

In the 2022 Autumn Statement, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled cost of living help for millions across the UK. It was revealed people would receive up to £1,350 directly into their bank accounts, starting from spring of this year. 

The cost-of-living payments announced by Mr Hunt include a £900 sum for those on benefits, £300 for pensioners and £150 for those with disabilities. It is unlikely that households will qualify for all three payments. However, if you do, you will automatically be paid the full amount of £1,350. 

If you claim pension credit, attendance allowance and are eligible for the winter fuel payment, you will receive the amount in full, directly into your bank account. You do not need to ask for the help – the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will get in touch with you. 

Eligibility requirements, bank codes to look for on your bank statement and exact dates for the payments will be announced nearer to spring time. All payments are tax-free and do not count toward your benefits cap. This means it will not have an impact on the benefits you receive. 


From spring of this year, the first £300 of the £900 cost of living payment was paid directly into claimants’ bank accounts. The payment was split into three instalments. Over eight million people will have received this into their bank accounts. 

To be eligible, households must have been claiming at least one of the following benefits: 

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Income Support 
  • Pension Credit 
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit) 
  • Housing Benefit 
  • Social Fund (Sure Start Maternity Grant, Funeral Payment, Cold Weather Payment) 
  • Universal Credit 


Over six million people with disabilities across the UK will receive a payment of £150 during the warmer months. As of yet, it is unknown what the exact eligibility criteria or date will be. However, the previous £150 cost of living payments were available to those receiving at least one of the following: 

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

August Bank Holiday

The usual state pension support was paid out in August. The August Bank Holiday on Monday 28, however, meant those expecting to receive payment were paid the working day earlier – likely Friday 25 August.

This applied to those expecting to receive the following in August:

  • Universal Credit
  • State Pension
  • Pension Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance


As the weather turns chilly again, the second £300 cost of living payment will be paid to those eligible. Exact dates to be released in due course. 


Across the UK, millions of pensioners will receive another £300 payment. It is still unknown whether households will qualify for this payment if they usually receive the Winter Fuel Payment. 

Previously, you qualified for the last Pensioner Cost of Living payment if: 

  • You were born on or before September 25, 1956 
  • You lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of September 2022 (ie September 19 to 25, 2022) in what is known as the ‘qualifying week’. 

Spring 2024

Next spring – although it seems a lifetime away – a further £299 cost of living payment will be made.

Further details for qualifying criteria will be announced nearer the time, according to the DWP. 

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