Full list of DWP benefits not eligible for upcoming £300 cost of living payment

Millions of Britons on certain mean-tested benefits are to receive a £300 cost of living payment in a few week’s time, however, there are a number of benefits that will not receive the cash boost.

The payment will be made automatically between October 31 and November 19.

This is the second instalment of a £900 payment going out to people on certain benefits with the third £299 instalment to arrive in spring next year.

The first payment of £301 hit bank accounts between April 25 and May 17.

However, it is important for people on DWP benefits to be aware that not everyone will qualify for the means-tested cost of living payment.

Guidance on GOV.UK states that people claiming New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Contributions-based ESA and New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) will not be eligible for the £300 payment because these are not income-related benefits.

Full list of benefits that won’t qualify for the £300 one-off cost of living payment:

  • Attendance allowance

  • Carer’s allowance

  • Child benefit

  • Disability living allowance (DLA)

  • Contributory, or “new style”, employment and support allowance (ESA)

  • Guardian’s allowance

  • Contribution-based, or “new style”, jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)

  • Maternity allowance

  • Personal independence payment

  • State pension

  • Statutory adoption, maternity, paternity and shared parental pay

  • Statutory sick pay

Similarly, people on Universal Credit need to have been awarded a payment of at least 1p for the assessment period ending between August 18 and September 17, 2023.

They will not be eligible for the £300 cost of living payment if their Universal Credit is reduced to £0 for the qualifying assessment period – often referred to as a ‘nil award’.

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When is the next cost of living payment being made?

  • October 31 – November 19: for people on DWP means-tested benefits and those in receipt of Tax Credits who also get a DWP qualifying benefit

  • November 10 – November 19: for people in receipt of Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credits only

Who may be eligible for the cost of living payments?

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit – paid by HMRC if no other DWP means-tested benefit is also claimed
  • Child Tax Credit – paid by HMRC if no other DWP means-tested benefit is also claimed
  • Pension Credit.

What other help is available?

Pensioners who are entitled to the Winter Fuel Payment in 2023/2024 will get an extra £150 or £300 paid on top of their normal payment later this year.

The Government has also pushed £842million into the Household Support Fund (HSF) pot of cash which councils are giving out to local residents.

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The HSF is designed to help those on the lowest incomes with the rising cost of living.

Each council gets a different portion of funding depending on the size of the catchment area, population, and need.

Britons can check with their local council if they are eligible for any support.

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