We know that the cost of living crisis is hitting us all. For some though, it is hurting more than others. So here is some information to help you out.
Firstly, I want to iterate that you are not alone. If you are struggling, seek guidance or support from other people. Sometimes talking to someone can help you realise that you are not alone and where you can go for support.
More than 8 million people who have been means tested will be in receipt of £650 payment this year, those that are receiving it should have received their first payment of £326 between July 14 and July 31. The second payment will be in September. For some people who are on tax credits only, they may still be eligible, however the timeline for them is slightly different - with the first payment coming in Autumn, and the second in Winter.
For individuals with qualifying disability benefits, you will receive a further £150 payment which is due in September. And pensioner households will receive £300 support towards winter fuel payment in mid-November.
In addition, there is the Energy Bills Support Scheme. This sees households receive a rebate of £400 paid by their energy suppliers. Money which will not need to be paid back.
Finally, households liable for Council Tax in bands A-D shall receive a £150 Council Tax rebate to assist with the cost of living.
Want to know more? Find out how this works below.
Do I need to apply for these rebates?
No, you do not need to apply for these rebates or payments. If you are eligible, they will be paid automatically.
Regarding the Energy Bills Support Scheme, this is applied to all domestic households will receive this money in the form of a £400 discount across the winter months.
How do I know if I am eligible?
To get the first Cost of Living Payment of £326, people 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 April 2022 to 25 May 2022 or income-based JSA, income-related ESA, Income Support or Pension Credit for any day in the period 26 April 2022 to 25 May 2022. For Tax Credit customers - To get the first Cost of Living Payment of £326, customers must have received a payment, or an annual award of at least £26, of tax credits for any day in the period of 26 April 2022 to 25 May 2022. GOV.UK will be upated when the qualifying dates to get the second payment of £324 have been announced by the Government.
Where can you turn to for further support?
•Use an independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get
•Independent News Article: Can I get the £650 cost of living payment?
•You may be able to get other kinds of support, including:
ohelp from the Household Support Fund from your local council in England
othe Discretionary Assistance Fund in Wales
oa Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant in Scotland
Discretionary Support or a Short-term Benefit Advance in Northern Ireland