£300 cost of living payment dates announced

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Monday 25 September 2023

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The government has announced that it will pay £300 to low-income households this November as part of its £900 cost of living support package.

Most people on Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits will receive a payment between 31 October and 19 November 2023. Those on tax credits only will receive the installment between 10 and 19 November.

What is the £300 payment?

The £300 payment is the second installment of a £900 package Chancellor Jeremy Hunt pledged to low-income households in his 2022 autumn statement.

The government paid the first installment of £301 in the spring.

Who is eligible?

Households on the following means-tested benefits will receive £900 in three installments across 2023/24:

You will not get a payment if you get new-style ESA, contributory ESA or new-style JSA unless you also receive Universal Credit.

To get this autumn’s payment, you must have been entitled (or later found to be entitled) to a payment of one of the means-tested benefits listed above during the period between 18 August and 17 September 2023.

How do I get the payment?

You don’t need to do anything. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits.

This includes if the government finds you eligible at a later date. From 20 November, you’ll be able to report a missing payment.