Government slammed by host for delaying cost of living measures
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With living costs continuing on a steep incline since the start of the year, the Government has been issuing cost of living payments as part of a £37billion support package. More instalments are due over the next few months, and here’s the breakdown of payment dates.
Rising energy, fuel, and food bills have pushed the inflation rate up by 9.9 percent according to the last Consumer Price Index report in August.
But while inflationary figures are expected to creep up again as energy prices take another leap in October, the Government’s additional support schemes are in place to help cushion the impact.
The cost of living payments scheduled to be distributed up to October include:
- Cost of living payment, worth £650 paid in two instalments for those eligible
- Disability cost of living payment, worth £150
- £400 energy bill discount
- Council tax rebate
Millions of eligible Britons have already received the first cost of living payment instalment, but what will come next? Here’s the rundown of payments and eligibility.
Cost of living payment – £650
The £650 cost of living payment is being made in two lump sums. Eligible claimants must be on one of the following means-tested benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Pension Credit
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income support
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To receive the first £326 instalment of the payment, claimants must have been entitled to receive a benefit between April 26, 2022 and May 25, 2022, and most should have already received the payment.
Those who claim Universal Credit, Income-related Employment Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support and Pension Credit, would have seen the first instalment hit bank accounts between July 14 to July 31.
According to the Government website, the second £324 instalment is due to be paid for these groups in Autumn 2022. The exact dates have not yet been determined, but DWP guidance says it will be in accounts no later than October 31.
Households on Tax Credits should have seen the first instalment of £326 hit accounts from September 2 to September 7.
This group should see the second instalment land in accounts from winter 2022.
Disability cost of living payment – £150
To be eligible for the disability cost of living payment, claimants must have been receiving any of the following benefits on May 25, 2022:
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance for adults
- Disability Living Allowance for children
- Personal Independence Payment
- Adult Disability Payment
- Child Disability Payment
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- War Pension Mobility Supplement
These groups will see the one-off £150 disability cost of living payment (on top of the main cost of living payment if eligible) land from September 20, 2022.
According to the DWP, the benefit will hit bank accounts automatically, and most of those eligible are expected to receive it by “the beginning of October”.
Council tax rebate – £150
Households living in properties in bands A to D should have already received £150 through the council tax database since the scheme began in April 2022.
Those who usually pay via direct debit would have had the money deposited into the bank account they usually pay council tax from, while others had to register online to receive the £150 voucher to redeem at the Post Office.
The closing date to apply was August 31, but there still may be an opportunity to receive the funds for households that haven’t already.
Local authorities have been instructed by the Government to distribute the council tax rebate payments by September 30, so for those who still haven’t heard anything, the figure may be deducted from their next council tax bill.
Energy rebate scheme – £400
With the energy bill price cap due to rise again from October, the Government is offering households a £400 rebate to help with the extortionate costs. Further to this Liz Truss, has announced plans for energy bills to be capped at £2,500 a year for typical households for two years, under an energy price guarantee.
All households with a domestic electricity connection across England, Scotland and Wales, are eligible for the £400 rebate.
It’ll be applied to bills by suppliers over a period of six months, as follows:
- October – £66
- November – £66
- December – £67
- January – £67
- February – £67
- March – £67
To find out how each supplier will be distributing the rebate, click here.
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