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Household costs

Cost of Living Payments

Households on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will receive a payment of £650 this year from the Department for Work and Pensions. 

This will be made automatically in two instalments, one in summer and another in the autumn, and is in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills.

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Disability Cost of Living Payment

From 20th September, 6 million people who are paid certain disability benefits received an automatic one-off £150 payment. The payment helps disabled people with the rising cost of living acknowledging the higher disability-related costs they often face, such as care and mobility needs.

This is in addition to the £650 Cost of Living Payment for disabled people who also receive means tested benefits.

Check if you're eligible for the Disability Cost of Living Payment

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.

This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment. 

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£400 energy bills support scheme

This automatic, non-repayable discount will be applied by your energy provider in six instalments between October 2022 and March 2023 to help households through winter.

There is no need to apply for the scheme and you will not be asked for your bank details.

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Warm Home Discount Scheme

The Warm Home Discount Scheme reopened again in November. Under it, you could get £150 off your electricity bill for winter 2022 to 2023.

The money is not paid to you - it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October 2022 and March 2023.

You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity and you're eligible. Contact your supplier to find out.

The discount won't affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

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Discounted broadband

'Social tariffs' are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits. Eligibility varies with each provider.

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Household Support Fund

Operating until 31 March 2023, this fund will provide help to residents who are struggling to afford energy, food and other essential bills.

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£150 Council Tax energy rebate

A one-off £150 energy rebate payment to eligible households in Council Tax bands A to D and a discretionary scheme for residents in higher-banded properties.

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Help for Households

Find more information at, a government campaign which brings together over 40 support schemes that residents may be able to access depending on eligibility.

Additionally, a range of online tools will help you quickly and efficiently check the support you might be eligible for and how to access it.