The five groups who will be the first to receive the £650 DWP cost of living stipend

The £650 cost of living payment will be paid to the government to five groups first. The financial support was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of a package of measures to mitigate the effects of higher energy and food prices.

More than eight million families across the UK will see the first installment, £326, into their bank accounts from 14 July. The rest will come in the fall.

The Department for Work and Pensions has since released a breakdown of how many people will receive the cash in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Birmingham Live reports. Roughly one in four families will receive the £650 in cash, while one in 10 will receive an additional £150 disability raise, according to the Doha Work Programme.

The payment will come alongside other support including £150 for all families via the Council Tax Payment Scheme, £400 from energy suppliers from October, an additional £300 for pensioners receiving winter fuel payments, and £150 for those who benefit from disability benefits.

The chancellor announced the emergency cost-of-living support package last month, saying that £5 billion of the package would be paid through a tax on the profits of the oil and gas giants. In addition, about £10 billion will be covered by additional borrowing.

Who will get the £650 cost of living payment?

Five groups of people will be the first to get paid. You should get two lump sums of £326 and £324 if you get any of the following:

  1. comprehensive credit
  2. Income-Based Job Seeker Allowance (JSA)
  3. Employment and income-related support allowance (ESA)
  4. income support
  5. credit retirement

Most of the £326 first payments will be made between 14 July 2022 and the end of that month. The second part is coming in the fall, with the exact date to be announced later.

Who exactly is qualified?

To get your first cost of living payment of £326 you must have the right to a payment (or later show you are worthy of a payment) either:

  • Comprehensive credit for the evaluation period ending April 26, 2022 to May 25, 2022
  • Income-based JSA, Income-related ESA, Income Support, or Pension Credit for any day from April 26, 2022 to May 25, 2022

The Doha Work Program also made it clear that people who receive specific inheritance benefits will not receive this payment because it is targeted only to those who receive tested benefits. Old benefits activists criticized the support package and said a blanket increase in all benefits would have been a fairer way to tackle the cost of living crisis.

In addition, HMRC will award £650 to those who receive the Work Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. In these cases, the first payment of £326 will be delivered in the fall and the second payment of £324 sometime this winter.

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