Upcoming Cost of Living and Winter Fuel payments

• Winter fuel payments – to those who were at state pension age on 26th September 2022. This year it will include an extra £300, so the total payment will be either £500 or £600 per household. You will get this automatically into the same bank account as your pension and they should mostly be paid in November or December. If you are eligible and have not received the payment by 13th January 2023 you can contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre on 0800 731 0160

• The second instalment of the cost of living payment is due to be paid between now and 23rd November. This payment is £324 and is paid to people receiving Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support. It will be paid automatically. For people receiving only Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit the payment will be a bit later and will start from 23rd November.You must have been entitled to the benefit on at least one day in the qualifying period – 26th August -25th September 2022.