Many Benefits and Work readers will receive up to £1,200 in additional support this year as a result of announcements made by the chancellor today.

The possible payments include:

  • £650 one-off Cost of Living Payment for those on means tested benefits
  • £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment
  • £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme
  • £300 One-off Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

£650 one-off Cost of Living Payment for those on means tested benefits

More than 8 million households on means tested benefits will receive a payment of £650 this year, made in two instalments. This includes all households receiving the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit

DWP will make the payment in two lump sums – the first from July, the second in the autumn. Payments from HMRC for those on tax credits only will follow shortly after each to avoid duplicate payments.

Claimants will need to be in receipt of one of these benefits, or have begun a claim which is later successful, as of 25th May 2022 to be eligible for the first of the two instalments. HMRC and DWP will provide further guidance, and the government will set out the eligibility date for the second instalment, in due course.

This payment will be tax-free, will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on existing benefit awards

£150 Disability Cost of Living Payment

Around six million people across the UK who receive the following disability benefits will receive a one-off payment of £150 in September:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Scottish Disability Benefits
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

Claimants must be in receipt of, or have begun an eventually successful claim for, one of these benefits as of 25th May 2022 to be eligible for this additional payment.

For the many disability benefit recipients who receive means tested benefits, this £150 will come on top of the £650 they will receive separately.

These payments will be exempt from tax, will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on existing benefit awards.

The government will make these payments directly to eligible people across the UK.

One-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

Pensioner households will receive an extra £300 this year to help them cover the rising cost of energy this winter.

This additional one-off payment will go to the over 8 million pensioner households across the UK who receive the Winter Fuel Payment and will be paid on top of any other one-off support a pensioner household is entitled to, for example where they are on pension credit or receive disability benefits. Eligible households currently receive between £200 - £300, so the payment will represent at least double the support for this winter.

The Winter Fuel Payment (including the extra Pensioner Cost of Living Payment) is not taxable and does not affect eligibility for other benefits.

All pensioner households will get the one-off Pensioner Cost of Living Payment as a top-up to their annual Winter Fuel Payment in November/December. For most pensioner households, this will be paid by direct debit.

People will be eligible for this payment if they are over State Pension age (aged 66 or above) between 19 – 25 September 2022. There are certain circumstances where an individual above State Pension age does not qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment which can be found here on gov.uk

The government will make these payments directly to households across the UK.

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 for 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.

Full details of the payments are available in the Cost of living support factsheet: 26 May 2022

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    M. Christie · 12 days ago
    My husband is 30% disabled, on industrial Injury benefit and is a pensioner. Is he entitled to the £150 one off disability payment?

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    Georgina Sirett-Armstrong-Smith · 16 days ago
    I’m on pip , 2 part highest award, plus housing benefit. I am a pensioner. 
    what extra benefits being distributed am I entitled to. Thank you
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    Yvonne. · 18 days ago
    I get housing and council tax benefits,but do not get pension credit am I entitled to cost of living payment?
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    David · 27 days ago
    Those of you who get ESA and didn't get any winter payment. Just remember this at the next election when voting. If you don't vote start. 

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    tiny tim · 1 months ago
    No housing benefit is a means tested benefit which you can no longer get and thus is classed as a legacy benefit so is not mentioned in the list but i think you have to be on full benefit. 
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    tiny tim · 1 months ago
    Just had some good news this morning i checked my bank account and i have got the £326 payment and i am on contribution ESA i was told by my council it is because i am on a legacy benefit which is housing benefit.
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      Joanne Webb · 1 months ago
      @tiny tim Hmm that's interesting.  I read that you have to receive housing benefit plus one of the qualifying benefits to receive the £650.  Housing benefit alone would not qualify.
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    Stuart.m. · 1 months ago
    So I get was support group daily living pip and sever disability premium also. After reading the break down of my loving expenses disability income guarantee  and extra money for severely disabled it gives me a total that states my total income- related balance is what I get. Does that mean it's income related and should I get the 650.it's so hard to figure out. Been on was and pip for years. 
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    Paddy · 1 months ago
    My partner and I  both get  contribution based ESA, PIP and Universal credit. Do I qualify for an extra payment 
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    Hope · 1 months ago
    If I get UC and LCWRA will I be eligible for this £650 payment? 
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    Bec · 1 months ago
    Does my son get £650 if gets pip but not old enough to recieve universal credit as only 17 
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      Helen · 1 months ago
      @Bec I think will only receive £150. 

      to get the £650 you have to be in receipt of certain benefits & pip isn’t one of them

      My D is 17, in receipt of pip & nothing else so shld only get £150
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    Nancy · 1 months ago
    If we both have state pension,but don’t get pension credit ,do we get this money ?
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    A.adams · 2 months ago
    Do i still get the  £650 even if I claim  Lcwra and universal credit
    ?? To many different rules, I'm lost..
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      Hope · 1 months ago
      @A.adams Did anyone explain this as I am lost too 
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      Fibrogirl · 1 months ago
      @A.adams You will get the £650 split into 2 payments July and Autumn date to be confirmed if you receive any of the following: 
      Universal Credit
      Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
      Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
      Income Support
      Working Tax Credit
      Child Tax Credit
      Pension Credit
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    Mr me · 2 months ago
    If you get the disability premium of Esa do you also get the extra £150 ( in the support group and income related Esa ??? 
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      Fibrogirl · 1 months ago
      @Mr me £650 split into two payments July and Autumn date to be confirmed and £150 if you get any of the following: Disability Living Allowance
      Personal Independence Payment
      Attendance Allowance
      Scottish Disability Benefits
      Armed Forces Independence Payment
      Constant Attendance Allowance
      War Pension Mobility Supplement
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    Debra · 2 months ago
    Do I get 650 as I am on employment support  allowance and pip
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      Chris Phoenix · 2 months ago
      @Debra If you are in receipt of income related ESA Yes you will get it. Not if you are on contributions based esa. 
      plus you will get the £150 because you on pip 
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    Petrocelli · 2 months ago
    Hi all

    Just wondering if I've comprehended the £400 grant correctly in that, for those who pay by DIRECT DEBIT it will be CREDITED TO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS......................................verification please someone?

    Heartfelt thanks
    P
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      Pat kirwan · 12 days ago
      @Joanne Webb That’s incorrect only if you have a pre pay meter. If you pay direct debit it is paid into your bank account as it states that. 
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      Pat Kirwan · 12 days ago
      @Petrocelli Yes it is paid to the bank account if you pay by direct debit. It is added to the gas/electricity account only if you have a pre payment meter. So I pay Direct debit, so it will go in bank acct as the last Council tax band credit did. 
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      Joanne Webb · 1 months ago
      @Petrocelli No it goes to the energy company not to your bank account.
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      Petrocelli · 2 months ago
      @lmjones Thanks Imjones, as I suspected, so we're stuffed if we have separate providers for gas and electricity and we want it to go to gas provider, which is what I heat and cook with!
      Suppose I'll just have to reduce leccy direct debit so gas account benefits the extra!!  I know I'm not alone, there are those that heat and cook using oil too!  I have in the meantime looked at the Gov't site and read it as you have...............goes to leccy account.
      Heartfelt thanks.P
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      lmjones · 2 months ago
      @Petrocelli No in fact it is credited to your electricity account
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    c brown · 2 months ago
    why do the goverment not just get the cap back on the power companies. £400 towards help with enrgy cost Oh its a grant so it WILL have to be paid back, HOW. as we all know they give with one hand and take with the other. Its a CON from the CONservatives, yet again people will be voting this lot into power because oh look dear boris messed up appologised and gave us all this money. NO HE HASN'T. they will get it off you and more than you will ever think.
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    Rosie Jackson · 2 months ago
    I completely fail to understand why there is a distinction between contribution-based ESA and income-related ESA. I was on the former until I received my work pension at 60, when I got a lump sum over the £16,000 threshold. Now I only get £11.38 a week on income-related ESA, but I have no idea how the DWP arrives at that figure.  I also get PIP. As I understand the situation, I will get the £150 disability support AND the £650 means tested support. If I had deferred my work pension to 65 (which I could easily have done) I would still be on contribution-based ESA and therefore NOT entitled to the £650, even though my weekly income would be less than it is now!  How can that make sense??  I am just going to "wait and see".... 
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    Anne · 2 months ago
    I recently retired last year. I get state pension plus dla. I was on income based ESA. As my son gets carers allowance I didn't receive my severe disability premium. Now I don't receive pension credit because he gets carers allowance. I still get housing benefit and council tax benefit. I am not entitled to free dental treatment. I know these payments are for the household rather than individuals. I don't know if I will get any of the £650 because the only means tested benefits I get are housing benefit and council tax benefit. My son also gets income support to top up his carers allowance. Does anyone know if we will be entitled to the £650? He has been my carer now and lives with me.
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    NicNac · 2 months ago
    Oh yes, that’s another thing I don’t get because my husband works - the Disability Premium.  
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    NicNac · 2 months ago
    Why is it that people who worked before becoming ill always end up being the loser?  I worked full time for many years and because of that I’m expected to pay for prescriptions and  dental treatment.  Yes, I can get a prepaid prescription card but it’s still over £10 a month, where if I hadn’t worked I would get my medication paid for as well as my dental treatment.  

    I miss out on help with heating that people who haven’t worked get and now I’m going to be penalised with the cost of living payments too.

    It is completely round the wrong way and people who paid in should be looked after most or at least equally with those who haven’t.

    How long do they seem to think anyone who worked still has any money behind them?  I never had any money behind me at all, so I’m no better off than people who were on benefits prior to falling ill.

    I’m married and I’m lucky that we pool our incomes (my husband works) but what happens when husbands and wives don’t pool resources?  There are many people who keep finances separate and would flatly refuse to take care of their partner (it sounds really bad but it does happen) in the event that they couldn’t work any longer but it is expected that they will and do!
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      Petrocelli · 2 months ago
      @NicNac Hi Nic Nac

      I hear you loud and clear.............whilst I have some monies behind me, they're ring-fenced for house maintenance.

      I too am contribution based ESA.............so I'll be freezing again this winter when I'll be 65yrs old.................however,  I'm in touch with others who are on Pension Credit and Means Tested ESA and Pip...............how different their lives are.................I exist, they 'live', have a social life, eat the best foods, dine out etc., etc.

      Like you, the only thing I'll get will be the grant..............before the cost of living crisis I cook only once a week and eat the same thing for the whole week.  I switch off my hot water and heating which, when was able to switch and save, allowed me the luxury of having heating on for an hour a day..................I shower via an extra long shower hose attached to my taps on sink, which stretches over my bath next to it.............the water I use is that which sits in the tank in my airing cupboard which, when the loft etc., warms up towards the summer I then am promoted from cold water showers to warm showers...................I use a bucket in the bath to catch the run off water, which is clean and is then utilised for hand washing........................the list is endless.


      My spectacles needed 'extras' and the bill for them last year was £300, on top of them I too pay for my dentist..................was forced to go private years ago, due to NHS shortages..............being over 60yrs, I do however get free prescriptions, though I'd gotten them anyway for a few years due to a Thyroid problem.

      I cannot empathise with you enough........................................!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Take good care
      P
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      Heidi · 2 months ago
      @NicNac \-\"It is completely round the wrong way and people who paid in should be looked after most"

      Hmm... I'm not quite sure I agree with that.  It's not a bank account, where you're entitled to draw out more because you saved more!  It also sounds frighteningly close to the 'deserving versus the undeserving' poor.

       | - | "I worked full time for many years and because of that I’m expected to pay for prescriptions and dental treatment."

      Support you receive with your current NHS prescription and dental charges is not based on your previous working income.  I'm not sure where you got that misinformation from.

      | - | "I miss out on help with heating that people who haven’t worked get" 

      The Energy Bills Support Scheme is not means-tested.  I'm not clear why you've interpreted this as being penalised?  All households will get £400 of support with their energy bills – yours included!

      And if you live in CT bands A-D you'll get an additional £150. Again, not means-tested, every household gets this - yours included!

      What 'help with heating do people who haven’t worked' get?  Is this people you actually know? Otherwise, I'm unclear how you know they haven't ever worked – they may be just like you... and me!  I also worked solidly for over 30 years, and have been (temporarily, I hope) unable to work since 2020.

      Living on benefits (designed ostensibly as a safety net for those with no partner or household income to level the playing field just a little) can be utterly bleak, and anyone who's had to make the choice between heating and food deserves all the support we can possibly give them, in my book.

      They're tested on your means, so those starting with less will get more to bring them marginally closer to those who already have.  It's meant to (it doesn't, but that's another thread) ensure those living in the worst possible hardship, don't continue to. It was never intended to be a buffer to those who already have support close by.

      Is it that you personally know people living in the same financial situation as you and your husband - yet they're somehow managing to claim benefits when you're not, and living a better financial life than you are, getting lots of extra support that you're being denied?

      In which case, are you sure you're claiming all the disability benefits you're entitled to – PIP etc?

      | - | "There are many people who keep finances separate and would flatly refuse to take care of their partner"

      I'd hope that situations where someone would 'flatly refuse to take care of their partner' are relatively thin on the ground.  And in any event, where claimants feel trapped in domestic abuse relationships, the DWP have specific measures in place to support those (usually) women. 

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