Cost of living updates | The Welcome Centre

New cost of living payments for 2023

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced more detail on the payment schedule for the next round of cost of living support unveiled in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, building on payments made to over eight million people in 2022.Millions will receive the new cost of living support from Spring 2023. 

  • £900 Cost of Living Payment for means-tested benefit claimants will go directly to bank accounts in three payments over the financial year
  • Extra cash support for disabled people and pensioners will see some households receive extra cash

The new £900 cash boost for over eight million eligible means-tested benefits claimants, including those on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and tax credits, starts in Spring and will go directly to bank accounts in three payments over the course of the financial year. 

There will also be a separate £150 for over six million disabled people and £300 for over eight million pensioners on top of their Winter Fuel Payments.

Exact payment windows will be announced closer to the time, but are spread across a longer period to ensure a consistent support offering throughout the year. They will be broadly as follows:

£301 – First Cost of Living Payment – during Spring 2023
£150 – Disability Payment – during Summer 2023
£300 – Second Cost of Living Payment – during Autumn 2023
£300 – Pensioner Payment – during Winter 2023/4
£299 – Third Cost of Living Payment – during Spring 2024

See the gov website for more information

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.

Go Compare Energy Calculator

Ever wondered whether it’s cheaper to run a gas or electric oven? Or how about an electric blanket for 3 hours versus turning the heating on for 30 minutes? Well, now you can find out.

To see how much something costs to run, use the calculator on the Go Compare website to pick the appliances you want to compare and select how long they’ll be in use for.

help for households

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

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 (  


Ask DWP to review a previous request to stop (waive) Recoverable Hardship Payment repayments made between 1 January 2014 and 11 January 2021

This scheme is for people who received a hardship payment from Universal Credit and have paid it back.

If you asked DWP to stop (‘waive’) repayments, and DWP refused your request, you might be able to apply for a refund.

You would only have received a hardship payment if your Universal Credit was reduced because of a sanction or fraud penalty.

Find out more here

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