You may have been entitled to a Cost of Living Payments of £301 (paid April/May 2023) and should be about to receive £300 (payable early November 2023) and a further £299 due spring 2024. Payments are limited to persons claiming the following benefits.
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
The payments will be made separately from your benefit payments.
You will not get a payment if you are only receiving New Style ESA, contributory ESA, or New Style JSA.
If you have a joint claim on the qualifying dates, a single payment of £301, £300 and £299 will be sent using the same payment method used between these dates if you are eligible.
If you are getting both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, you will receive a Cost of Living Payment for Child Tax Credit only, which will be paid by HMRC.
If you are getting tax credits from HMRC and a low income benefit from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), you cannot receive a Cost of Living Payment from both HMRC and DWP. You will usually be paid by DWP.
Your payment might come later, for example if you’re awarded a qualifying benefit at a later date or you change the account your benefit or tax credits are paid into. You will still be paid the Cost of Living Payment automatically.
If you have received a Cost of Living Payment, but later it is found that you were not eligible for it, you may have to pay it back.