With many struggling to stretch their pennies further, the government announced help earlier this year
More than eight million households received the first of two payments totaling £650 in July to ease mounting pressure on the cost of living.
Soaring costs for petrol, energy bills, supermarket prices and more have seen families add hundreds to thousands of pounds to their regular bills – with the grant aimed at easing the pressure on those struggling.
And now many are wondering when the second will be paid, as winter is fast approaching.
Here’s everything you need to know about when your second living expenses payment is due, how much it is, and if you’re eligible.
When can you expect the second living expenses payment?
The second cost-of-living payment is just around the corner, with over eight million households expected to receive it from November 8th.
DWP said: “DWP will make a small number of payments on November 8th, with the number increasing significantly from November 9th. Even if you are not claiming a qualifying DWP benefit, you may be entitled to the £324 payment as HMRC also makes payments to those who receive tax credits and no other eligible benefits.
“These are paid shortly after the DWP payments and at no point do customers have to contact the government or request payment.”
Eligible applicants are automatically paid so do not need to apply and payments may appear in accounts as “DWP Living Expense”.
It comes on top of extensive government support for living expenses this winter, including around six million people with disabilities who have been paid a separate £150 living expenses payment, while over eight million pensioner households have received an additional one-off £300 receive winter fuel payment this year. T
This comes on top of an expansion of the Budget Support Fund, which will provide an additional £421m between October and March to help vulnerable people with essential payments.
How much are you getting paid?
Payment of the total cost of living was split equally over two payment dates.
After the first of £326 in the summer, the second payment totals £324.
The money is tax-free and does not affect benefit caps or existing benefit allocations.
Who is eligible for the grant?
You may be able to receive a living expense payment if you receive certain benefits or tax credits.
Those households that receive needs-based benefits receive the subsidy.
This includes the following:
- universal credit
- Income-related unemployment benefit
- social care
- Employee tax credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- child allowance
- pension credit
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have submitted a successful performance claim by May 15, 2022.
According to the GOV website, if you think you should have received the £326 payment but don’t receive it, you can report a missing living expenses payment.
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