Government “cost of living” payments in focus

Millions of people on means tested benefits will receive the first of two Cost of Living Payments totalling £650 from 14 July 2022, as part of a £37billion government package to help families with cost-of-living pressures.

The first £326 instalment for qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be paid by their usual payment method from 14 July 2022, continuing to the end of the month.

For those eligible, the rest will follow in a second instalment in the autumn.

People receiving tax credits and no other eligible benefits will receive their first payment from HMRC in autumn and the second in winter.

In total, millions of vulnerable households will receive at least £1,200 from the Government this year to help cover rising costs. There are specific payments for those on means tested benefits, for pensioners, those on disability benefits and to help people with energy bills.

You can check whether you’re eligible at

Riverside is not involved in payment scheduling and is not able to advise on eligibility and therefore we aren’t able to answer queries on these payments. Instead, please use the links provided to get answers to any queries.

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