Universal Credit Cost Of Living payment Birmingham 2022: DWP reveals when second government payment will arrive

The payment should be received by the end of November
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Millions of households across the UK are set to receive the second of two cost of living payments next month - including many in Birmingham.

The payment will be £324 and follows a payment of £326 which was made to households in July.

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According to the DWP, the second instalment of the cost of living payment will be paid from November 8 until November 23.

The second payment will automatically be paid into the bank accounts of those eligible in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who receive a qualifying benefit, meaning they will not need to do anything to receive the money.

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Work and Pensions Secretary, Chloe Smith said: “Millions of families will soon see a £324 cash boost as part of our extensive £1,200 support package, helping to raise incomes and manage the rising cost of living.

“We understand that people are struggling which is why and we’re committed to supporting the most vulnerable households.

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“That’s also why we are focused on driving growth and delivering quality public services so we can continue to support those in need through these challenging times while boosting opportunity for all.”

What is the cost of living payment?

The £650 cost of living payment is the largest part of a £1,200 government support package for vulnerable households designed to help with rising prices - specifically skyrocketing energy bills.

The first payment of £326 was made in July and appeared in accounts as "DWP Cost of Living".

The November transfer is the final part of this particular support. There are no rules on what the payment should be spent on.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “We know that people have been worried about their bills ahead of this winter, which is why we’ve taken decisive action to hold down energy bills.

“We’re saving the average household around £1,000 a year, and are providing £1,200 of targeted support to the most vulnerable.

“Without our intervention, analysts were predicting that the average annual energy bill could have reached £6,500 next year. We were never going to let this happen.”

Who in Birmingham is eligible to receive the cost of living payment in November?

Thousands of people in Birmingham are expected to receive the £324 payment.

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Those who received the £326 payment in July of this year will also receive this second payment come November.

This covers households who are on means-tested benefits from the Department of Work and Pensions will receive the payment, including:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit

Which other payments have been sent this year?

The DWP have provided other forms of support for millions across the country in recent months, with the second cost of living payment coming on top of extensive Government support with the cost of living this winter, including around six million disabled people having been paid a separate £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment, whilst over eight million pensioner households will receive an extra one-off £300 Winter Fuel Payment this year.

This is in addition to an extension to the Household Support Fund, which is providing an extra £421 million for use between October and March to help vulnerable people with the essentials.

Further to this, a £150 Council Tax rebate was sent earlier this year to those in Council Tax bands A-D in England, creating a total of at least £1,200 in direct support for millions.

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