Second Cost of Living Payment update

From this week, millions of households across the UK will receive the second of up to three Cost of Living Payments, totalling up to £900 through 2023/24. The payments made will be staggered over the next couple of weeks, running up to and including 19 November.

The payment will be made to people on these means-tested benefits: Universal Credit; Pension Credit; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA); income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); Income Support, and tax credits: Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

People need to have been entitled to payment during the qualifying period 18 August to 17 September or a payment for an assessment period ending within the qualifying period.

These payments are entirely tax-free, will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on existing benefit awards. Those who are eligible will be paid automatically meaning people do not need to apply or contact DWP or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

We would be grateful if you could share this information across your networks and channels. The Cost of Living Toolkit contains assets which may help to share this message such as a downloadable poster, suggested newsletter copy and an Easy Read guide.

You can read more about the second Cost of Living Payment on GOV.UK.

A further Cost of Living Payment is due to be made to eligible households by Spring next year.

In addition to this, Pensioner households will also receive £300 which will be paid as a top up to those eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment in November and December.

Read more about the range of support available as part of Help for Households