Cost of living updates | The Welcome Centre

Second Cost of Living Payments 

Universal Credit 

You will be eligible for the second Cost of Living Payment of £324 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to payment) of Universal Credit for an assessment period that ended in the period 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022.

 Universal Credit ‘nil awards’ 

 You will not be eligible for the Cost of Living Payment if your earnings reduced your Universal Credit to £0 for the qualifying assessment period. This is sometimes called a ‘nil award’. If money has also been taken off for other reasons (such as payments of rent to your landlord or for money that you owe), you might still be eligible.

 Income-based JSA, income-based ESA, Income Support and Pension Credit 

 You will be eligible for the second Cost of Living Payment of £324 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of income-based JSA, income-related ESA, Income Support or Pension Credit for any day in the period 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022. 

 Tax credits 

You will be eligible for the second Cost of Living Payment of £324 if you received, or later receive, for any day in the period 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022 either:

  •  payment of tax credits for the tax year 2022 to 2023 
  • an annual award of at least £26 of tax credits for the tax year 2022 to 2023

If you get both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, you will receive a Cost of Living Payment for Child Tax Credit only. 

If you get tax credits from HMRC and a low-income benefit from DWP, you will get a Cost of Living Payment from DWP only.


Energy Bills Support Scheme doubled to a one-off £400

Households will get £400 of support with their energy bills through an expansion of the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

As well as doubling the £200 of support announced earlier this year, the full £400 payment will now be made as a grant, which will not be recovered through higher bills in future years.

Energy suppliers will deliver this support to households with a domestic electricity meter over six months from October. Direct debit and credit customers will have the money credited to their account, while customers with pre-payment meters will have the money applied to their meter or paid via a voucher.

This support will apply directly to households in England, Scotland, and Wales. It is GB-wide and we will deliver equivalent support to people in Northern Ireland.

This support is in addition to the £150 Council Tax rebate for households in England in Council Tax bands A-D, which was announced in February, and which millions of households have already received.

On benefits? You may be due cheap, long-term 'social tariffs'

More than four million people qualify for cheaper social tariffs, and it is estimated that switching to one saves an average of £144/year.

Eight providers currently offer discounted social tariffs, including BT and Virgin Media. TalkTalk offers six months of free broadband for jobseekers.

Further information can be found on Discounted 'social tariffs' for those on certain benefits (moneysavingexpert.com)  

help for households

Countries around the world are facing rising goods and energy prices, inflation and cost of living pressures after the pandemic and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

We know people are worried so the government is offering help to households. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.

Help for households

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