Eligible Wigan households set to receive £324 from the Government - the second of two payments to help with the rising cost of living

More than 8 million households in the UK, including thousands in Wigan, will get a a second cash payment of £324 to ease cost of living pressures.

The initial instalment for means-tested benefit claimants of £326 was paid into bank accounts starting on July 14, with the date of the second instalment of £324 due in the autumn.

A number of online sources stated yesterday (Monday) that the payment would be made no later than Saturday, October 1, but a spokesperson from the DWP said this morning that no official date has yet been given and that it would be announced in due course.

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Will I get it?

The second cost of living payment will be made in the autumn

You may get the payment if you receive any of the following benefits:

Universal Credit

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income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

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Income Support

Pension Credit

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Child Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit

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Almost 1 in 4 families will receive the means-tested benefit and 1 in 10 will receive a £150 disability top-up.

If you qualify for both payments then you should receive a total of £800 to help with the cost of living, plus a further £400 to help with energy bills this winter, due to be paid in September.

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Disability cost of living payment

You may get a lump sum payment of £150 if you’re getting any of the following:

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Attendance Allowance

Constant Attendance Allowance

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Disability Living Allowance for adults

Disability Living Allowance for children

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Personal Independence Payment

Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)

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Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)

Armed Forces Independence Payment

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War Pension Mobility Supplement

When will I get the disability cost of living payment?

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If you qualify, you’ll get the before the end of September. Payments will be made to people who get a qualifying disability from DWP before payments to people who get a qualifying benefit from the Ministry of Defence.

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

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If you’re entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2022 to 2023, you will get an extra £300 for your household paid with your normal payment from November. This is in addition to any Cost of Living Payment you get with your benefit or tax credits.

The full amount of Winter Fuel Payment you will get for winter 2022 to 2023 depends on your circumstances. These amounts are for winter 2022 to 2023 only.

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For full details on eligibility visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment