Who will get the cost-of-living payment and when?
A £650 payment will be made to more than eight million low-income households who receive 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
This will come in two instalments. The first will be paid for most people between 14 and 31 July. The second will be paid in the autumn. Those on tax credits will have to wait longer, as the first payment will be in the autumn and the second instalment during the winter.
They will be paid automatically into bank accounts – usually marked “DWP Cost of Living”.
If you have had a message asking you to apply or contact someone about the payment, this might be a scam.
How will the £400 energy discount be paid out?
All UK households will get a grant which will reduce energy bills by £400 from October.
In other words, from October, everyone’s energy bill will be reduced by £400.
The discount will be made automatically by your energy supplier. There is no need to apply.
Over the course of six months from October, direct debit and credit customers will have the money credited to their account. Customers with pre-payment meters will have the money applied to their meter or paid via a voucher