All you need to know about the £150 cost of living disability payment

All you need to know about the £150 cost of living disability payment

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Most payments should be made automatically early next month (Image: Getty)

Six million people on disability benefits should get an extra £150 to help them with the cost of living crisis.

The government is giving disabled people extra money to “recognize the higher disability-related costs” they often face.

This cash is paid out automatically, so you don’t have to do anything to get it.

Britons started receiving the money on Tuesday, and most people will get paid early next month.

But there are specific requirements to get the support, so you have to make sure you qualify.


Who has the right?

You are entitled to an additional £150 if you already have one of the following disability benefits:

  • disability living allowance
  • Personal independence payment
  • assistance allowance
  • Scottish disability benefits (disability pay for adults and disability pay for children)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • War pension mobility supplement

You must have received a payment for one of those benefits on May 25 to be eligible for this new one.

If you are still waiting for confirmation of your May 25 benefit, or are in the middle of an eligibility review, the process may take longer.

The disability pay is part of the government’s £37bn package to help people through the winter amid rising energy bills and inflation.

Liz Truss’s first support package was announced last month, when all households were told they would get a £400 discount on their energy bill.

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The government is spending £37bn on support packages for Britons this winter (Image: Getty)

This funding was expanded yesterday to include mobile homes and renters whose owners pay for their energy through a commercial contract.

Property owners who rent out their homes will also be legally required to pass the discount on to occupants who pay all-in bills and rent.

The legislation was introduced after Citizen’s Advice warned that 585,000 homes were “at the mercy of their owners” as the discount was given directly to the bill payer.

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Mrs Truss offered to freeze the £2,500 price cap within the first two days of her term.

This is expected to save the average household around £1,000 from October and protect taxpayers from further increases expected in the coming months.

Businesses and other non-home users, such as schools and hospitals, were excluded from the plan at the time, but Jacob Rees-Mogg revealed his support specifically for them on Wednesday.

They will see their energy bills capped this winter, roughly halving the wholesale prices they can expect to pay.

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Source : metro.co.uk

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