The DWP has announced that the first cost of living payment instalment of £326 will be paid automatically from 14 July 2022.  The second instalment of £324 will be paid in the Autumn, bringing the total to £650 for eligible claimants.

The first instalment for qualifying low income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be paid into bank accounts from 14 July 2022, continuing to the end of the month.

The payments will be made to 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.

To be eligible for the first instalment, claimants needed to be in receipt of one of these benefits, or have been entitled to one of them, as of 25th May 2022.

More details are available on the gov.uk website.

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    Florinel · 17 hours ago
    I receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support (means tested benefitS)will be allowed to receive the £650 payment from government? I also receive and others non-teste benefits (PIP, ESA contribution based NOT income)?
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    Marion · 1 days ago
    My Husband is my carer,(  I'm fast heading for 80 years old,)
    He gets £69 a week for HAVING to do do 35 hours looking after me,
    by the law of this Government ! How many of them would work
    for £2 an hour ?
    WHY doesn't he get any extra ? Because he lives in the same housee as me !
    Utter madness !
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    Dave · 1 days ago
    I saw a programme on BBC1 which indicated the same as you have said above - that it is only income based and not Contribution based.  Why is it that people on Contribution based always suffer and miss out.  I remember seeing adds for free boilers on TV yet when I enquired I was told I am not eligible due to being on CB. I am in the support group and I recieve extra council tax benefits.  I wish the DWP would be transparent and justify why people on CB are missing out.
    I also see there is no mention of PIP in the above list, yet I am sure many on PIP, like me rarely go out and need the heating on more frequently
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      Nikki · 1 days ago
      @Dave People on PIP and other disability benefits will get £150 paid sometime in September.
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    Claire · 1 days ago
    I was concerned about whether or not I would get the £650, as its hard to understand, and trying to work out exactly which one I’m on. So I messaged Welfare rights explained my worry and asked for their help. A very nice gentleman within 5 minutes of my email, replied back to me and said that as long as you’re ESA benefit is ‘means tested’ and getting over £117 per week that you will get the £650 regardless! Well he should know right, being he advises peoples welfare needs? I’m hoping he’s right, as I’m sure I’m in the contribution based support group. If not I worry about paying for my gas and electric, I have a recently been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, which means I have to stay warm throughout the colder months.
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      Sarah · 1 days ago
      @Claire If you receive contributions based ESA, that is not classed as means tested, and therefore will not be eligible for the £650.unless you are in receipt of any other means tested benefits
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    Ellie · 1 days ago
    I think to counteract the neglect to disabled they are making a £150 payment to all those on DLA PIP etc and that will be per person, I’m unsure of those on LWRCA UC though. 
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    Sarah · 1 days ago
    I’m also on contributions based ESA and feel I miss out on extra help because I’ve paid in full my NI contributions. However, I do receive council tax rebate due to my very low income, which is a means tested benefit. Surely this should mean I qualify for the £650 extra help. But I don’t think I do. Does anyone know any different? 
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    debbie · 1 days ago
    Are people on the old style esa support getting it and I read that it includes a income related part , unlike the new esa ? 
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    Sandy · 1 days ago
    My husband us a pensioner and I get contribution based ESA.  A while back our local authority housing benefit dept told us we were eligible for pension credit. I applied in Feb.  Got a letter saying to call the dwp if we hadn't heard by a certain date. We did and got told that our claim had been referred as I am 10 years younger than Mike.  So we get housing benefit but not yet awarded pension credit. If we don't get pension credit then I guess we will lose out on the £680. My husband is terminally ill  and so I use a lot of fuel to keep up to date with washing etc.  The money would have been helpful but doesn't look like we will get it.  Thanks again Boris.
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      Martin Clark · 1 days ago
      @Sandy What I find interesting here is sandy and Mike being mixed age couple, sandy has been left to receive ESA hence is entitled to HB. When I reached retirement age this year my wife and I were thrown to the U.C. claimants pile resulting in our HB being stoped and receiving £29.00 per month from UC towards our £560.00 rent commitment resulting in my pension payment of £185.50 a week paying a rent payment of £ £140.00 leaving £45.50 a week to live on and pay the remaining financial commitments. 
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    Pat · 1 days ago
    Again those getting Disability Allowances are left out completely unless they are on the credit aspect. They don't care about those of us who have a private pension and are also struggling. WTC is also a generous benefit why should they get it yet pensioners don't. There is something fundamentally wrong here.
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      Pip · 1 days ago
      @Pat You’re so right Pat.  My husband and I have £11 above the government stated allowance per person.  £8 of this is taken for service charges to local council.  I get Lower rate PIP and we get nothing.  
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    Lisa · 1 days ago
    Like many disabled claimants I've lost out on all  additional payments - cost of living and lockdown related top ups. I'm on ESA (support group). It would seem that people in this group really lose out on any extras.  How can this be allowed to happen all the time!
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      Ellie · 1 days ago
      @Lisa People on ESA income related DO GET the payment it depends which you’re on, 
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    MR KEVIN SHANE THORNHILL · 1 days ago
    l have not got a house to live in so do l still get the £650 payment. l am disabled and would l get it ?
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    Jules · 1 days ago
    Shocking that not all people on benefits are getting the money people on legacy benefits nothing again 
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    Michael · 1 days ago
    Housing Benefit is a means tested benefit, but no £650 for those people.
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    Janerose · 1 days ago
    So am I right in saying people on PIP do not get anything.
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    pagan pan · 1 days ago
    do we know if these payments are per person or per household?
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      Martin Clark · 15 hours ago
      @Nicky Absolutely shocking yet another F##k up by the Tories it is a tad like those on UC received £20pw during lockdkwn and those on historical benefits nowt !!! 
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      Leigh · 1 days ago
      @pagan pan Household. Only one person per household no matter which benefit you are on. It's not like we are heating a house per person. 
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      Nicky · 1 days ago
      @pagan pan I read in the paper yesterday that it will be per individual, but only one per couple.  If 4 individuals on benefits are living in a home and one couple, there will be 5 payments.
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    SamsMum · 1 days ago
    So frustrating, my husband and I both get contributions based ESA support group and will receive nothing.  It’s the same rate as income related!  How is that fair?
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      Martin Clark · 15 hours ago
      @SamsMum The tories are trying hard to get every claimant on UC but from my own experience avoid UC at all costs.
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      gw · 1 days ago
      @Walsh62 Yep,same CB ESA Support group,Theresa Coffey says it's not means tested but thats a lie and they twist the rules to suit themselves

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      Walsh62 · 1 days ago
      @SamsMum I’m the same it’s definitely not fair 😡
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      Julie · 1 days ago
      @SamsMum Exactly! I was on income based ESA or so I thought with a small deduction for a private pension I receive. I then received a second private pension & my benefit has changed to contribution based ESA. I didn’t know that was even part of my benefit & if you are in the support group it doesn’t end after 12 months. So for having worked & receiving small pensions therefore saving the government from paying me full benefits I now get penalised even though I receive no more money per week. This has only just happened so I think I may get the first payment of £326 because in May it was still income ESA but I’m not 100% sure. Seems unfair though!
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      Elizabeth · 1 days ago
      @SamsMum I'm in the same situation, I'm contribution based ESA (support group) and PIP. I feel I'm being penalised for working for 40 years until my health deteriorated!
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    Freda · 6 days ago
    Wish they would make their mind up. Initial date announcement stated on 14 July not from.
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    VikingMermaid · 10 days ago
    Can somebody please explain why those of us automatically awarded contributions-based ESA (as opposed to income-related ESA) miss out on payments - eg "the £650 to those in receipt of benefit" that the government keeps crowing about -  which are supposed to support those on very low income?  

    My contributions-based ESA is the only income I have.  I believe that, historically, it was possible to transfer over to income-related ESA from contributions-based,, but I was never informed of this, and found out by chance some time after that option had passed.  

    I can't believe I'm the only person on here who experienced a very stressful ESA assessment and, as a result, is fearful of asking to transfer over to Universal Credit voluntarily (even though CAB informed me I'd be financially better off if I did it) because of a possible repeat experience.
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      Canary · 1 days ago
      @Sam Chance would be a fine thing! I was on CB ESA and missed out on all kinds of things. Now on State Pension and get no Pension Credit so no £650, no free specs etc and no Covid uplift. I have no savings and miss qualifying for Pension Credit by pennies per week. Surely this needs to be looked at again? 
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      Jac · 1 days ago
      @VikingMermaid I feel exactly the same regards the contribution based ESA (support group for 25yrs) I am terrified every three years when I need to prove nothing has changed. The very thought of having to make a whole new claim when it is my turn to be moved to UC, is utterly appalling😰
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      Jules · 1 days ago
      @VikingMermaid Go see a lawyer take them to court it's not fair we losing out again I'm thinking of taking them to court 
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      Sam · 5 days ago
      @VikingMermaid Yeah people have been treated badly and yet again, like the £20 uplift, some people are excluded.

      I must say though, I would much rather be on contributions ESA if I could than income related regardless of this bonus.

      You get punished much more severely if you try and work in income related ESA and get nothing if you have over £15750 of savings.

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