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Cost of Living Payment and Advice

The first £326 Cost of Living Payment for eligible customers receiving tax credits only will start landing in bank accounts from 2 September 2022.

You may be able to get a payment to help with the cost of living if you’re getting certain benefits or tax credits. 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 for a Cost of Living Payment or a Disability Cost of Living Payment at a later date.

You could get up to 3 different types of payment depending on your circumstances on a particular date or during a particular period:

  • a Cost of Living Payment, if you get a qualifying low income benefit or tax credits
  • a Disability Cost of Living Payment, if you get a qualifying disability benefit
  • a Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, if you’re entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2022 to 2023

These payments are not taxable and will not affect the benefits or tax credits you get.

For information on eligibility and full guidance please see: Cost of Living Payment – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Birmingham City Council has collated some helpful advice for anyone struggling with the cost of living. You may want help accessing grants and debt advice, support getting all the money you’re entitled to, or simply want to know more about the government’s recent support measures. This information and more is now available on the Council’s website.