People on certain disability benefits will start to see their £150 Cost of Living payment in the coming weeks – but some might have to wait until October to get theirs.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that those eligible for the payment will start getting it from September 20, and most claimants will get it by the beginning of October.
The £150 one-off payment, announced by former Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his cost of living package in May, is to help around six million people on certain disability benefits tackle the rising cost of living. You may get the lump sum payment if you get one of the following benefits:
- 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
But to be eligible for the one-off payment, you must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) of one of these qualifying benefits for May 25, 2022. The DWP has advised that those awaiting confirmation of their disability benefits on May 25 – or those waiting to be assessed for eligibility – may find the payment process takes a little longer, although they will still get it if they are eligible.
The payment is paid per claim, meaning that if two people in a home are applying for the benefit payment, they will each receive separate payments of £150.
The £150 is in addition to the £400 energy rebate payable in six instalments from next month, which nearly every household will receive. If you’re on certain means-tested benefits as well as disability benefits, you may also get a further £325 payment later this year, in addition to the first £325 paid in the summer.
Chloe Smith, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, said: “This £150 disability payment is on top of the £1,200 most low-income benefit claimants will also receive and alongside wider support targeted at disabled people, including help with transport and prescription costs.”