Millions of Britons to get £600 in DWP cost of living payments

Millions of hard-up Britons are due to get a cost of living payment next month with letters being sent out to those who are eligible.

Some eight million people on certain means-tested benefits, including Universal Credit, are receiving a £900 cost of living payment in three instalments.

The first £301 payment has already gone out with the second £300 instalment to be paid in October. Eligible people will then get a £299 payment in spring next year.

Some claimants have said their local jobcentres have been in touch to notify them of an October date for the £300 payment.

Older Britons may also want to check if they are eligible for an additional cost of living payment going out this winter with the Winter Fuel Payment.

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This payment will be worth between £150 and £300 depending on a person’s circumstances.

People on low incomes are particularly impacted by the rising cost of living with inflation at 6.9 percent and energy bills remaining high.

SNP MP Angela Crawley asked the Government if the DWP had assessed the impact of the rising cost of living on working families.

DWP under secretary Mims Davies said “no such assessments have been made” specific to Universal Credit recipients but she went on to detail the Government’s response to soaring everyday costs.

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She Davies said: “The Government understands the pressures people, including parents, are facing with the cost of living and is taking action to help.

“Overall, we are providing total support of over £94billion over 2022-23 and 2023-24 to help households and individuals with the rising cost of bills.

“From April 2023, everyone who receives a state benefit or pension will have seen their benefit rates increase by 10.1 per cent.”

More than six million people on disability benefits received a cost of living payment over June and July.

Dan White, policy and campaigns officer at Disability Rights UK, told previously the support for disabled people was not enough.

He said: “The Government says that it wants to support those who need it most, yet this payment does not come anywhere near achieving that.

“The unwillingness to understand the lives of disabled people with all the evidence of deepening poverty and worsening health is shocking and unacceptable.”

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