Major update for 8milllion households getting up to £1,350 in cost of living cash from spring | The Sun

EIGHT million hard-up households will start receiving up to £1,350 in cost of living cash from the Spring.

The free cash will be paid directly into bank accounts in multiple instalments after April 6.

In total, eight million families on means-tested benefits will automatically qualify for a £900 cost of living payment.

This will be paid in three instalments, the first of which will be paid to people's bank accounts soon.

An exact date for payments has not yet been revealed but are expected in the new tax year, which starts from April 6.

The first instalment is worth £301 and further two payments worth £300 and £299 will follow in the Autumn and Spring of next year.

Read more in money

Tesco has made a big change to loo roll – and customers are not happy

Full list of DWP benefits that can slash major household bill by more than half

Over 6.5million people on disability benefits in the country will also receive a £150 cost of living payment which will be paid during the summer.

Millions of state pensions who are eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment will also qualify for a £300 cost of living payment due next winter.

The Department for Work and Pensions has today released new data which shows the estimated number of households eligible for the £900 cost of living payments:

  • London – 1,187,000
  • South West – 567,000
  • South East – 830,000
  • Eastern – 615,000
  • West Midlands – 783,000
  • East Midlands – 545,000
  • North West – 1,033,000
  • North East – 395,000
  • Yorkshire and the Humber – 713,000
  • Wales – 422,000
  • Scotland – 686,000
  • Northern Ireland – 321,000

Most read in Money


Big high street fashion chain to close several branches this winter


Thousands of parents missing out on up to £9,627 due to child benefit mistake


Key supermarket product shrinks in size but prices remain the same


I was shocked when cashier couldn't pay me lotto win – then I found out how much

Mel Stride, work and pensions secretary said: "These direct payments will help people right across the UK over this year and the start of the next, as we continue to provide consistent, targeted and substantial support for the most vulnerable."

Jeremy Hunt, the chancellor, added: "These payments are the next part of the significant support we are providing through this challenging time, with millions of vulnerable households receiving £900 directly into their bank accounts this financial year alongside additional help for pensioners and those with disabilities."

Who's eligible for the £900 cost of living payment?

The £900 payment will be going to millions on means-tested benefits – you'll only be able to get it if you are claiming one of these benefits below.

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

You'll need to be entitled or later found to be entitled to one of these benefits by a certain date.

Those eligible for cost of living payments through tax credits, and no other means-tested benefits, will be paid by HMRC shortly after DWP payments are made.

Who's eligible for the £150 disability cost of living payment?

You'll need to be in receipt of one of the following disability benefits to qualify for the £150 cost of living payment:

  • 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

Payments will begin in the summer when more detail about the scheme is released by the DWP.

Who's eligible for the £300 pensioner cost of living payment?

Millions of pensioners will also receive another £300 cost of living payment in the winter of 2023/24.

This follows from last year's help which was given to households who normally get the Winter Fuel Payment.

Households qualified for the previous 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 19 to 25 September 2022 in what is known as the "qualifying week"

Eligible individuals will not need to apply for payments, as they are made automatically.

More details on the scheme will be released in due course.

Check what benefits you could be entitled to

Millions are entitled to benefits that they aren't claiming and which can make them eligible for the £900 cost of living payment.

The quickest way to see what benefits you may be able to claim is to use one of the three benefit calculators recommended by Gov.UK.

Each one is free to use. They are: 

  • Turn2us
  • Policy in Practice
  • EntitledTo

Before using the tools, make sure you have key financial information to hand, such as bank and savings statements, and information on pensions and existing benefits.

If you live with a partner or family, get their basic financial information together too as this could affect your claim.

For each of these, you’ll be asked information about your circumstances, such as your current employment and income.

You’ll also need to give information about yourself, including your age and who you live with.

Read More on The Sun

Tesco has made a big change to loo roll – and customers are not happy

I’m a traveller & my easy 80p Dunelm hack gets grimey windows sparkling clean

You can then use the contact information on Gov.UK to get the ball rolling and apply for what you're owed.

Of course, the tools only provide an indicator of what benefits you can claim – and usually don't include means-tested benefits, so you may be entitled to even more.

Source: Read Full Article