Eligible pensioner households will also receive an additional £300 payment later this year, in addition to the Winter Fuel Payment.
This money will be distributed automatically and directly, meaning those who meet the criteria do not have to apply, reach out to the government, or take any steps to receive it.
Individuals who may qualify should exercise caution regarding any email scams or text messages claiming to be from the DWP and soliciting personal information.
The payment reference for bank accounts will comprise the recipient’s National Insurance Number followed by either DWP COL or HMRC COLS.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt states that this is part of a support package, with the average household having received £3,300 in the past year.
To be eligible for this payment, you must have received one of the following benefits between 18 August and 17 September:
- Universal Credit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Pension Credit
Work and Pensions Minister Mel Stride commented, “The most effective way to improve financial situations is by addressing inflation, but as we work towards that goal, we’re ensuring that the most vulnerable households are protected from high costs through an additional Cost of Living payment. In addition, Work Coaches across the nation are assisting individuals in finding employment, increasing their working hours, and enhancing their skills. I encourage anyone seeking career progression and improved financial stability to visit their local Jobcentre to explore available assistance.”