Nearly six million (5.8) Britons who rely on Unviversal Credit either because they are out of work, or to top up a low income, are waiting for their second cost of living payment to help them pay for soaring energy bills. It’s not just Britons who rely on Universal Credit who will get this help – in total eight million people who depend on Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits will receive this financial help, but when exactly can people expect this cash boost?
Some eight million Britons should have now received the first cost of living support payment which has been paid to people on Universal Credit, tax credits, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Pension Credit.
The cost of living support payments were introduced by former Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help people pay for soaring energy bills and rising living costs caused by increasing inflation.
Struggling Britons could receive up to £1,100 in cost of living support payments depending on their circumstances.
In addition, everyone will receive a £400 cost of living payment towards energy bills no matter what their income.
The second instalment of the Cost of Living payment will be paid to people on Universal Credit, Income-based JSA, Income-related ESA, Income Support and Pension Credit claimants in autumn 2022.
However, families on tax credits will have to wait until winter for their £234 payment because the DWP wants to avoid errors.
The £150 disability cost of living payment is due to be paid into people’s bank accounts from September 20, 2022.
Pensioner households who are eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment will get an additional one-off £300 on top of the normal payment from November 2022.
Universal Credit claimants could ask the DWP for extra financial help in the form of:
- Advance payments
- Hardship payments
- Budgeting advance
- Other state benefits
- Cheap broadband
- Reduced council tax bills
- Capped water bills
- Half price bus
- Discounted rail fares
- Free or discounted gym membership
- Help with new job costs
- Warm Home Discount Scheme of £140 off fuel bills
- £25 in Cold Weather Payments
- Cheap BT phone calls
- Free prescriptions for people with zero income or those on a low income
- Free dental treatment
- Eye tests and discounted glasses
- Free school transport
- Free school meals
- Discounted childcare costs
- £150 towards school uniforms – dependent on the local authority
- £1,200 free cash as part of the Government’s Help to Save scheme
- Food vouchers for kids as part of the Healthy Start scheme
- Maternity grant up to £1,000
- Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make changes to a home
- Homeowners can apply for up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler
- Homeowners can get help to pay for double glazing as part of the Green Homes Scheme
- Up to £300 in Winter Fuel Payments
- Free wigs or fabric support provided by the NHS
- Free health travel costs
- Help with housing costs
- Help with funeral costs
- Bereavement support payments
- Reduced court fees.