MILLIONS of disabled households are eligible for a £150 payment to support living costs.
Six million people will receive a £150 cost-of-living payment over the next few weeks.
Tax-free cash will be paid directly to the recipient’s bank account between June 20 and July 4.
Below, we explain who gets the living expenses payment and how to claim it.
Am I eligible to pay living expenses?
To receive the £150 living expenses payment, you must receive certain benefits. That is:
- Disability living allowance
- Individual independent payment
- Attendance allowance
- Scottish Disability Allowance (Adult Disability Payment and Child Disability Payment)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Continuous attendance allowance
- War pension migration supplement
You only need to receive one of the benefits above to qualify.
How do I get it?
If you have claimed one of the above benefits before April 1, the amount will be automatically credited to your bank account.
If you are still waiting for confirmation of your eligibility for any of the qualifying benefits by this date, you could receive £150 after 4 July.
The code to put on your statement will be your national insurance number, followed by “DWP COL”.
What other payments can I receive?
Those claiming certain benefits are eligible for a one-time payment of up to £812 – but they need to claim it themselves.
The government offers a Budgeting Loan to low-income households struggling with the cost of living.
This is an interest-free loan, which means you only have to pay back what you borrowed.
Other living expenses payments to come this year
A separate £900 cost of living payment for certain benefits beneficiaries will be paid throughout the year.
Payment is available to people who receive any of the following:
- Job Seeker’s Allowance based on income
- Employment allowance and income-related support
- Income support
- Pension Credit
- Tax Credits (Children Tax Credit and Employment Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
The first payment, worth £301, is paid between April and May.
The second installment, worth £300, will be paid in the autumn.
Next spring will see the last part of the £900 living expenses paid out – it’s worth £299.
We do not know the exact date the second and third payments will be made.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it would provide more information on exact dates closer to that.
You can check the full list of cost-of-living payments available on the government website.
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