Cost of Living payments

Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024

You may be able to get payments to help with the cost of living if you’re getting certain benefits or tax credits. You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. This includes if you’re found to be eligible at a later date. These payments are not taxable and will not affect the benefits or tax credits you get.


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Disability Cost of Living payment

You may be entitled to a Disability Cost of Living Payment of £150 if you’re getting any of the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance for adults
  • Disability Living Allowance for children
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement


You must have been eligible for one of these benefits for 1 April 2023 and received a payment (or later receive a payment) to qualify for this payment.


Pensioner Cost of Living payment

If you’re entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024, you should have had an extra £150 or £300 paid with your normal payment from November 2023.


The full amount of Winter Fuel Payment (including the Pensioner Cost of Living Payment) for winter 2023 to 2024 depends on when you were born and your circumstances during the qualifying dates.


You can get a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024 if you were born before 25 September 1957.


This guidance will be updated with the qualifying dates for next winter’s payment when they are published later in the year.


Low-income benefits and Tax Credits Cost of Living payment

You may be entitled to up to three Cost of Living Payments of £301, £300, and £299 if you get any of the following benefits or tax credits on certain dates:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit


The payment will be made separately from your benefit payments.