Cost of Living support – how to claim & how to avoid scams

Over eight million households on means-tested benefits will automatically get the first Cost of Living payment instalment of £326 from this month.

This means that, combined with other support, millions of low-income households across the UK will receive at least £1,200 from the Government by Christmas to ease Cost of Living pressures.

  • £326 – the first of two cost of living payments – will automatically hit seven million bank accounts between 14 and 31 July 2022. Those on Tax Credit and no other benefits will receive their first payment by autumn.
  • Second instalment of £324 will follow from the autumn, with separate payments for pensioners and disabled people also coming later this year

Read the government’s  Cost of Living guidance.

Avoid Scammers

Also, you may have seen in the media that there has been a significant increase in scammers attempting to obtain personal information from customers by sending out texts suggesting that customers are eligible for Cost of Living payments.

Please remember, you do not have to do anything, if you are eligible:

  • You will not need to apply for the payment
  • the payment is automatic
  • DWP will never ask for personal details by SMS or email.