The most recent instalment of the cost of living payment has begun to reach millions of low-income households in the UK.
This is the second out of three, which will come to £900 in total, and is going out from Tuesday October 31.
Find out below when you can expect to receive a benefit payment this autumn.
What is the autumn cost of living payment?
Eligible claimants can receive £900 in three instalments. The £300 cost of living payment will be paid between October 31 and November 19 for most people. Those who have not received the payment they were expecting can report it missing from November 20.
The first was made between April and May, the second has begun and the third will be in the spring. Recipients will get about £300 each time.
In addition, the £150 disability payment was sent out over the summer as a top-up to benefits to help ease the strain from higher bills and prices. Those with disabilities often face higher household energy bills, so are deemed to need the extra payment alongside other financial help.
When are the next cost of living payments?
More than eight million people on means-tested benefits are receiving a £900 cost of living payment.
The money is being split into three instalments, with the first part – £301 – issued to eligible households in the spring.
The following £300 is being paid now and the final £299 will be paid in early spring 2024.
The payments will be sent to eligible people automatically, operating in the same way as the 2022 £650 cost of living support for those on benefits.
For winter 2023-2024, the DWP will extend the £300 boost to the winter fuel payment, popularly known as the pensioners’ cost of living payment. This means that the most vulnerable households could get up to £1,350 in additional support from the Government.
Who is eligible for the £900 cost of living payments?
According to Government official guidance, you may be eligible if you’re getting any of the following:
income-based jobseeker’s allowance
income-related employment and support allowance
child tax credit
working tax credit
Who is eligible for the disability cost of living payment?
In order to get the £150 payment, you need to have been claiming one of the following benefits on April 1, 2023:
disability living allowance
personal independence payment
Scottish disability benefits (adult disability payment and child disability payment)
armed forces independence payment
constant attendance allowance
war pension mobility supplement
You will still be entitled to the payment if you are later found to have been eligible for one of the benefits on April 1.