Universal Credit LATEST: Brits have to WAIT until July for £650 cost of living grant; how it affects YOU & how to claim | The Sun

MILLIONS of Brits on Universal Credit and other benefits are set to receive their first cost of living payment – but not until NEXT MONTH.

Ministers are tweaking the law to put more cash in poorer Brits' bank accounts to help ease the pinch.

They will get the first payment – £326 – in their bank accounts next month – with another £324 to come at a date later in the autumn.

In total, around 8 millionBrits are set to get at least £1,200 from the Government this year to help with rising costs.

Read our Universal Credit live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    What are the other payments announced today?

    The £300 one-off payment for pensioners also announced today will be paid on top of the £650 to those who get pension credit.

    And anyone with disabilities will get a £150 payment on top too, the government said today.

    The latest help comes after earlier plans announced in February.

    The government announced help for households including the £150 council tax energy rebate for four in five households.

    There were also plans for a £200 discount applied to every energy bill in October, which would have to be repaid over five years.

    That's now been replaced by a £400 payment that will not have to be repaid.

  • Louis Allwood

    The payments will be tax-free

    Anyone who was in receipt of the payments as of May 25, or who had started a claim and is later successful will be eligible for the first payment.

    Eligibility for the second payment will be announced later on, with a second date applying for the later tranche of cash.

    The payments will be tax-free and won't affect any benefits you're getting.

  • Louis Allwood

    How do you get the payment?

    You don't need to do anything to get the £650 cost of living payment.

     It will be given out automatically.

    The government is also paying a £300 to millions of pensioners and a £150 extra chunk to disabled Brits.

    The payments will be tax-free, and won't count towards the benefit cap or affect any benefits you're getting.

    There are other payments and grants and you might be entitled to now if you're on benefits and are struggling to pay your bills – you can find out more about them here.

  • Louis Allwood

    "A welcome cash injection"

    Anna Stevenson, from Turn2us, said: “The one off £650 payment is a welcome cash injection to help people with the rising cost of living.

    "However, the one size fits all flat rate payment to people on means tested benefits will result in all households receiving the same extra support regardless of the number of people in the household.

    "Families claiming Universal Credit will have to make the same amount stretch between all of them, as opposed to single person households.

    "According to the Resolution Foundation, families with three or more children, who already must stretch their Universal Credit payments due to the two-child limit, will also be more tightly squeezed as their bills are expected to rise by £500 more than those without children.

    "The Chancellor needs to provide a more measured approach to the payment,  ensuring people already struggling don’t fall through the cracks.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Thousands will miss out

    Thousands expecting to receive the £650 cost of living payment could miss out due to a loophole in the rules.

    Over 8million Brits on means-tested benefits will get the payment in two lump sums later this year.

    However, the government website explains that if you have a joint benefit claim with a partner then you will only get one £650 payment.

    It means that some households will only get one payment.

    The guidance says: "If you have a joint claim with a partner, you will get one payment of £650 for both of you, paid in 2 lump sums from July 2022 and in autumn 2022, if eligible."

    The new guidance could come to a shock to Brits expecting two payments for their households.

  • Louis Allwood

    Benefits paid by the Department for Work and Pensions

    For those on benefits paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) the payment will be made in two lump sums.

    The first will be made "from July" and a second will arrive in Autumn.

    Specific dates for the payments have not been announced yet.

  • Louis Allwood

    Full list of benefits getting £650 payment?

    Those on the following benefits will get the £650 help, the government has said, known as the Cost of Living Payment.

    • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Pension Credit

    Who is eligible?

    More than eight million Brits will be eligible for the cost of living payments.

    To be eligible for the help. claimants need to be in receipt of Universal Credit, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Pension Credit as of 25 May 2022.

    Anyone getting tax credits will get the cash later to avoid people getting paid twice if they get other benefits on top of tax credits.

    The first cost of living payment for those on tax credits, and not getting any DWP benefit, will go out from autumn 2022 and the second payment from winter 2022.

    Will it affect benefits?

    The cost of living payment will be tax-free, will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on existing benefit awards.

    DWP chief Thérèse Coffey said: "With millions of the lowest-income households soon seeing the first of two cash installments land into their bank accounts, we are taking action to directly help families with the cost of living."

    And Chancellor Rishi Sunak added: “We have a responsibility to protect those who are paying the highest price for rising inflation, and we are stepping up to help.

    "I said we would stand by people when they needed help, and we are.”

    • Louis Allwood

      When will the cash come?

      The first instalment of £326 will land in people's bank accounts on July 14.

      The second bung of £324 will follow in the autumn, on a date to be confirmed.

      Ministers have made the payments slightly uneven to minimise the risk of fraud "from those who may seek to exploit this system".

      In total, millions of Brits are set to get at least £1,200 from the Government this year to help with rising costs.

      That includes a £150 council tax rebate already dished out.

      And everyone is set to get a £400 energy bill rebate later this year too.

      Pensioners will be able to get £300 extra, and disabled people another £150 on top of the £650 cash help – but there's no date for these payments yet.

    • Louis Allwood

      Millions to receive £650 payment

      Millions of homes across the country that are claimants on Universal Credit and other benefits are set to receive their first cost of living payment within weeks.

      Ministers are tweaking the law to put more cash in poorer Brits' bank accounts to help ease the pinch.

      They will get the first payment – £326 – in their bank accounts next month – with another £324 to come at a date later in the autumn.

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