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Cost of living payment dates 2023

We explain who can claim these payments, payment dates and what we know about how this scheme will work in 2023/24

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By Grace Lynch

Published on: 5 April 2023

3 min read

Cost of living payment dates 2023

The cost-of-living crisis has been hard hitting for families across the UK, with many people struggling to afford their bills.

This crisis continues to grow due to soaring prices of necessities like energy, gas and even food, as resources become more limited. In fact, last month supermarkets restricted fruit and vegetable purchases for key items like tomatoes due to shortages.

The cost-of-living support scheme was a welcome announcement when first introduced – and the first instalment of support for 2023/24 will be available from 25th April. These payments are designed to help the most vulnerable households in the UK.

Cost of living payment update

The government introduced the cost-of-living support scheme to try and prevent thousands of UK residents from falling into debt and payment difficulties.

There are various forms of support available currently, including cost of living payments, energy bill support (Energy Price Guarantee), council tax reduction, pension credit and more.

Disabled people can also qualify for extra cost of living support in the form of disability cost of living support payments.

This support looks set to continue and the government have now announced a rough schedule for payments in 2023/24.

Note: Be aware that many scams use the offer of cost-of-living support to try and steal information or money. Never give your personal details if requested via call, email, or message if you cannot be certain who is contacting you.

You can see all the available support schemes and check if you are eligible on the website.

Find out more about the Energy Price Guarantee (now extended to June 2023)

Am I eligible for cost of living support payments?

You will be able to receive cost of living support payment if you are in receipt of one or more of the following means tested benefits or tax credits:

  • Income support
  • Pension credit
  • Child tax credit
  • Universal credit
  • Working tax credit
  • Income based jobseeker’s allowance or ‘JSA’
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance or ‘ESA’

Cost of living payment: when will it be paid?

Though we don’t have exact dates for every payment yet, we do have a time frame for 2023’s first cost of living payment.

If you are eligible for cost-of-living payments, the first one should be paid to you from 25th April. You will receive your payment any time from this date up until 17th May 2023. This initial payment will be £301.

When is the second cost of living payment 2023?

The second cost of living payment does not have a set date yet but is expected to be paid out in Autumn 2023.

This payment will be £300 and will be followed by a third cost of living payment of £299 in Spring 2024.

Cost of living payment for pensioners

Those who are retired will be able to receive pensioner cost of living support this year, following on from last year’s winter fuel payment scheme.

Pensioners will also be given a £300 ‘Pensioner Payment’ this winter, to help cover energy and heating bills during the coldest months of the year.

With colder weather having a major impact on the health of the elderly and those with medical conditions, the continued additional support for pensioners is welcome news.

Resources – Help for Households

Citizen’s Advice – Get help with the cost of living

Turn2us – What cost of living support is available?

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