The £324 Cost of Living Payment, which follows on from a £326 payment made in July, will be paid out from 8 to 23 November the government has confirmed.
The second payment will automatically be paid into the bank accounts of those eligible in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who receive a qualifying benefit./ This means that, in theory, you will not need to do anything to receive the money.
Though, as those eligible for the £150 disability benefit payment have been discovering recently, things don’t always run smoothly.
To be eligible for the second payment, families must have been entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of either:
Universal Credit for an assessment period that ended in the period 26 August to 25 September
- income-based JSA,
- income-related ESA,
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
for any day in the period 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022.
Tax credit-only customers, who will receive the second payment shortly after DWP payments, must have received a payment, or an annual award of at least £26, of tax credits for any day in the period 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022, or later found to be entitled to tax credits for this period.
The payment will be tax-free, will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on existing benefit awards.
Over 8 million households should receive a payment.
Full details are available on the government website.