Final low-income cost of living payments go out from this week

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Wednesday 7 February 2024

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The third installment of the government’s support package for low-income households goes out to most eligible recipients from this week.

Most people on Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits will receive a £299 payment between 6 February – 22 February. People on tax credits and no other low-income benefits will receive the payment between 16 February – 22 February.

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

Am I eligible for the payment?

Households on the following means-tested benefits will receive the £299 payment:

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 the 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 13 November 2023 and 12 December 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 23 February, you’ll be able to report a missing payment.