I haven’t received my living allowance of £301 – what can I do? | British News

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The first of three living expenses payments will be introduced this week (Picture: Getty)

The first of three This year’s expected cost of living payments began rolling out for millions of Brits last month.

A top-up of £301 has been sent to those eligible April 25 and lasts until tomorrow (May 17).

A second payment of £300 is expected in the autumn and a third of £299 is slated for early 2024.

For those receiving tax credits, the first payment should already have arrived May 2nd to 9th.

It’s sure to be huge support for Britons grappling with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, which led to increases in multiple bills including water bills, energy bills and council taxes in April.

But what to do if the first payment has not been received? Here’s what you need to know:

What should I do if I haven’t received my first living expenses payment?

If you haven’t received your first living expenses payment yet, the first stop is simply to wait and see if it arrives as the deadline is today.

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There could be a number of reasons why your payment didn’t arrive today (Picture: Getty Images)

The The government website also states that the payment could be delayed in your bank account for a variety of other reasons.

This may include changing the bank account into which your benefits are paid or being awarded a qualifying benefit at a later date.

If you haven’t received the first subsidy payment, you can contact the government agency that usually issues your benefit payments to highlight the problem.

From there, they can see if there’s an error or if it’s just a delay in the payment.

You are entitled to living expenses if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Earned Unemployment Benefit (JSA)
  • Income-Contingent Employment and Assistance Allowance (ESA)
  • social care
  • pension credit
  • universal credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Labor Tax Credit

You will not receive payment if you only purchase New Style ESA, Contributory ESA, or New Style JSA.

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The payments are part of a package of broader government support announced to reduce the cost of living in the 2023-2024 tax year, including:

  • A further living cost payment of £300 for eligible families in autumn 2023, with a payment of £299 in spring 2024
  • Disabled Living Payment of £150 for eligible disabled people, payable in Summer 2023
  • Living cost payment for pensioners of £300 payable in winter 2023-24

See the government living expenses page for full details.

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