Universal Credit applicants should expect to see a change in their ordinary payments next month as the first part of the cost of living of £650 is paid. The money is being given to families on the lowest incomes with the aim of helping them meet the soaring costs of basic necessities like energy, food and fuel.
The first installment is due on July 14, with £326 to be paid into bank accounts. The second payment of £324 will follow in the autumn, reports the Mirror.
The support is part of a package revealed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in May. Energy bills have already jumped 54% this year and are expected to rise further.
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What benefits qualify for the £650?
The £650 payment is given to those applying for means-tested benefits. This includes:
- Child tax credit
- Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Employment and Income Support Benefit
- Income support
- Pension credit
- Universal Credit
- Work Tax Credit
If you are applying for Universal Credit, income-related ESA and JSA, Income Support or Pension Credit, you will receive your first payment from July 14 and everyone should be paid by July 31 . The second installment is expected to arrive in the fall.
If you are claiming tax credits, you will receive your first payment a little later, which should not be processed until the fall, with a second payment to follow in the winter. Payments are issued automatically to eligible households.
They are not taxable and will not affect any benefits or tax credits you receive.