Millions will receive £324 cost-of-living payment in Novemberon October 3, 2022 at 6:54 pm

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Those on means-tested benefits will get the money between 8 and 23 November, the government says.

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More than eight million people will get a cost-of-living payment of £324 in November, the government has said.

It is the second part of a £650 grant to help low-income households cope with soaring food and energy prices.

Those on means-tested benefits will get it directly into their bank, building society or credit union account, the Department for Work and Pensions said.

The payments will be automatic and will arrive in accounts between 8 and 23 November, the DWP said.

It said the support was for those on certain benefits including universal credit and pension credit.

The £650 grant is the largest part of a £1,200 government support package for vulnerable households designed to help with rising prices, and specifically soaring energy bills. But there are no rules on what it must be spent on.

The first payment of £326 was made in July and appeared in accounts as “DWP Cost of Living” and the November transfer is the final part of this particular support.

Who is eligible for cost-of-living payments?

A household may be eligible for the £650 cost-of-living payments if it receives any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • working tax credit
  • child tax credit
  • pension credit

Energy prices rocketed for millions of households on 1 October, but the government stepped in to put a cap on the cost per unit.

It means a typical annual bill based on the average household’s usage has gone up from £1,971 to £2,500. That is not as high as once feared but still twice as high as last winter.

The first tranche of the government’s £400 energy grant, which is available to all households, has already started to be paid.

The discount will be applied over six months, with a reduction of £66 in October and November, and £67 every month between December and March 2023.

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