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Cost of Living Payments

Cost of Living Payments

You don't need to apply. You’ll be paid automatically.

If you've had a message asking you to apply or contact someone about the payment, this might be a scam.

If you're on low-income benefits, such as Universal Credit, you should get your first payment in July or August.

You are eligible for the payment if you are entitled to any of the following benefits:

  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • Income support
  • Pension credit
  • Universal credit

If you submitted a claim for any of the above benefits before 25th April 2022 and it was successful, you will be eligible for both parts of the Cost of Living Payment.

If you have become eligible for one of the above payments since 25th May, you will be eligible for the second payment, so make sure you claim ASAP to get at least £324. 

Benefits charity Entitled To told us that due to a backlog in pension credit claims, the deadline for qualifying for the payment, if you claim pension credit, is 24th August


If you only claim Tax Credits, your payment will come later in the year.

If you only claim Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit, you would have needed to have received a Tax Credit payment on any day between 26th April and 25th May 2022 to be eligible for the Cost of Living Payment.

If eligible, you'll also get a first payment of £326 in the autumn, followed by a second payment in winter. 


If you claim certain disability benefits, you may also be eligible for an extra £150

If you receive any of the following, then you could also be eligible for an extra £150 top-up:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Constant attendance allowance
  • Disability living allowance for adults
  • Disability living allowance for children
  • Personal independence payment
  • Armed forces independence payment
  • War pension mobility supplement.

So, if you started a successful claim by 25th May 2022, you will be eligible for the £150 payment, which should be sent out from September this year.

The money will be paid directly into your bank account.

If you’re eligible you won't need to apply - you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefits or tax credits.