Six million disabled people to get £150 cost of living payment from this month

Around six million people on some disability benefits will start getting a £150 Cost of Living payment in the coming weeks.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that those eligible for the payment will start getting it from September 20.

Most eligible claimants will get this payment by the beginning of October.

The £150 one-off payment is to help those on certain disability benefits tackle the rising cost of living.

Though not everyone is eligible for the payment, 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

You must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) of one of these qualifying benefits for May 25, 2022 to get the £150 payment.

If you get a qualifying disability benefit from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and a qualifying disability benefit from DWP, you will get a Disability Cost of Living Payment from DWP only.

The DWP have 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.

However, they have said that the payment will still automatically land if you 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.

Chloe Smith, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, said: “We know disabled people can face additional costs, which is why we are acting to help reduce the financial pressures on the most vulnerable.

“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.”

Smith also urged people to check the Help for Households site on GOV.UK to make sure they are getting all the support they are entitled to claim.

Energy bills have been frozen at around £2,500 a year for most households under plans announced by Liz Truss last week.

The new Prime Minister has said households on the Ofgem energy price cap will have their bills frozen.

This means a planned October price cap rise which would see average yearly energy bills hit £3,549 has been avoided.

The Ofgem price cap applies to people on variable rate energy deals – around 80% of the country, or 24million people.

The Prime Minister said: “We are supporting this country through this winter and next.”

The Government has said the average UK home will not pay more than £2,500 a year for energy from October 1, 2022.

The scheme is called the ‘energy price guarantee’.