Millions of households entitled to final cost of living payment - how to access

The final support payment will be paid to eligible households in February.

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The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are set to make the final Cost of Living support payment to millions of households in the UK. 

A payment of £299 will be made to eligible households, who are in receipt of certain benefits. 

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The Cost of Living support package was introduced last year, in order to help people struggling with the increasing costs of bills. 

£301 and £300 were paid to households last year, with the final amount of £299 to be paid from Tuesday, February 6.

How to access the Cost of Living final payment?

According to gov.uk guidance, there is no need to apply for the Cost of Living payment, as those who are eligible will be paid automatically. 

Those who were not eligible at the time of the first payments, but are eligible now, will also receive the final payment.

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The payments are not taxable and will not affect the benefits or tax credits you receive. 

Who is eligible for the Cost of Living final payment?

Those in receipt of the following benefits or tax credits are eligible for the Cost of Living final payment: 

  • 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

Millions of households entitled to final cost of living paymentMillions of households entitled to final cost of living payment
Millions of households entitled to final cost of living payment

Who is not eligible for the Cost of Living final payment?

Those in receipt of the New Style ESA, New Style JSA or contributory ESA will not be eligible for the final Cost of Living final payment.

Those who do not receive any benefits or tax credits are not eligible.

For more information on the Cost of Living support package, please visit the gov.uk website.