Cost of Living Payments

Government schemes to help with cost of living.

Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024

Updated: 8 February 2024 Guidance on getting extra payments to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.

What Cost of Living payments are available?

Some people will receive payments to help with higher bills, including:

  • £900 in total in three instalments (£301, £300, £299) in spring 2023, autumn 2023 and the third payment of £299 will be paid between 6 and 22 February to households on means-tested benefits
  • £300 for pensioner households in the winter
  • £150 to people on certain disability benefits, paid in the summer 2023


How do I know if I am eligible for the £900?

The payment, is available to households who receive the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • working tax credit
  • child tax credit
  • pension credit

For further information visit the Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024 guidance page.


Disability Cost of Living Payments

You may be entitled to a Disability Cost of Living Payment of £150 if you get any of the following benefits on a certain date:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance for adults
  • Disability Living Allowance for children
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

When you'll be paid

You must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) of one of these benefits for 1 April 2023 to get the Disability Cost of Living Payment.

If you were getting a qualifying benefit from the Ministry of Defence and a qualifying benefit from DWP, you will get a Disability Cost of Living Payment from DWP only.

If you appy for the payment, and we find your are not eligible, you ma be expected to pay it back.


Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

If you're entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024, you will get an extra £150 or £300 paid with your normal payment from November 2023.

The full amount of Winter Fuel Payment (including the Pensioner Cost of Living Payment) you will get for winter 2023 to 2024 depends on when you were born and your circumstances during the qualifying dates.

You can get a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024 if you were born before 25 September 1957.

This guidance will be updated with the qualifying dates for the payment when they are published.

You will be sent a letter in October or November telling you how much Winter Fuel Payment you'll get if you're eligible.

Pension Tax Credit An estimated 850,000 pensioner households in the UK do not claim pension credit, which is a gateway to these extra payments. Other eligibility details are outlined here.

Benefits advice

You can get benefits and other financial support if you're eligible. If you're caring for someone, are disabled or have a health condition, if you're looking for work or on a low income or temporarily unable to work you may be able to claim. If you would like to make sure you're getting the right benefits try our benefits calculator and budgeting tool or speak to Northumberland Communities Together on 01670 620015 - 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week. Information about cost of living payments.


Worried about a friend, family member or neighbour?

If you are worried about an elderly or vulnerable person, and they don't have family or friends nearby we can connect and support. Please contact Northumberland Communities Together on 01670 620015 from 9am to 6pm 7 days a week or email


If you are worried about the immediate welfare (health or well-being) of a child or adult contact Onecall.


Household Support Fund

£1.5 billion has been made available to councils, to support those most in need to cover their essential daily costs, like energy bills. Find out about the Household Support Fund.