Cost of living payment dates as millions of Brits set for £1,350 in accounts

Brits could receive up to £1,350 in free money from spring after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced the help in autumn.

It was revealed in the Autumn Statement which includes a new £900 cost of living payment and £300 for pensioners.

The help is aimed to assist those struggling with high energy bills, food costs and other finances.

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It's rare households will qualify for all three payments, but if you do, it's £1,350 on offer.

So if you claim pension credit and attendance allowance and are eligible for the winter fuel payment you'll get it all.

There's no need to apply for the help, instead the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be in touch.

Households have no been told which seasons they'll be paid in.

Mr Hunt said: "I know these are tough times for families across the UK who are struggling to meet rising food and energy costs, driven by the aftershocks of Covid and Putin's war in Ukraine."

The payments will all be tax-free, won't count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on your existing benefit awards.

Here are the dates you'll need to put in your diary:

Spring – 1st £900 cost of living payment

The amount will be paid directly into claimants' accounts.

More than 8million people will get the help and the £900 is paid over the financial year.

The DWP said this is so hard-up households will get a "consistent support offering throughout the year".

To be eligible for the payment, households will need to be claiming at least one of the following:

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Support
  • Social Fund (Sure Start Maternity Grant, Funeral Payment, Cold Weather Payment)
  • Universal Credit

The certain date will be announced nearer the time, the DWP said.

Summer – £150 disability payment

Over 6m people with disabilities will receive a £150 payment this summer.

The exact eligibility criteria for getting the payment has not been revealed.

But those who qualified for last year's £150 bill help received one of the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance for adults
  • Disability Living Allowance for children
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

More details will be announced closer to the time.

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Autumn – 2nd £900 cost of living payment

The second instalment of the £900 cost of living payment will be paid in autumn which is worth £300.

Further details about the qualifying benefit date for the help will be announced nearer the time.

Winter 2023/2024 – £300 pensioner payment

Millions of pensioners will receive another £300 cost of living payment.

This follows on from last year's help which was given to households who normally get the Winter Fuel Payment.

Spring 2024 – 3rd £900 cost of living payment

Spring next year will see the final chunk of the £900 cost of living payment given out which is worth £299.

Further details about the qualifying benefit date for the help will be announced nearer time.

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