Third Cost of Living Payment – Help for Households

Millions of households are continuing to receive further support to ease financial pressures during 2023/2024 through Cost of Living Payments.

The first payment of £301 was paid between 25 April and 17 May 2023; a second payment of £300 was paid between 31 October and 19 November 2023; and the third payment of £299 will be paid between 6 and 22 February 2024.

This will apply to people on a qualifying means-tested benefit who were entitled to payment during the qualifying period 13 November to 12 December 2023 or a payment for an assessment period ending within the qualifying period. The qualifying benefits include: Universal Credit; Pension Credit; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA); income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); Income Support, and tax credits: Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit. 

The Cost of Living Payment will be paid automatically, meaning those eligible do not need to apply or contact DWP or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

You can help to let eligible claimants know when and how they’ll receive their payment by downloading the Cost of Living Stakeholder Toolkit, which features newsletter copy, posters for display in public spaces, suggested social media copy and other assets, including easy read and a BSL video. Our media campaign will also run from 22 January, including adverts on Facebook, Instagram, digital display and national, regional and local radio.

Read more about the range of support available at Help for Households.

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