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Disability cost of living payment: How much is it, who gets it and when will it hit bank accounts?

Here’s all you need to know about the disability cost of living payment – including who’s eligible, how to claim it and when it will hit bank accounts

Six million people across the UK will receive the disability cost of living payment from this week. 

It will be a lump sum of £150, paid to disabled people who receive certain benefits. The payment is part of a wider package to help the population cope during the cost of living crisis. 

New work and pensions secretary Chloe Smith said: “We know disabled people can face additional costs, which is why we are acting to help reduce the financial pressures on the most vulnerable.”

Disabled people are disproportionately impacted by the cost of living crisis, charities have said. 

And they have warned the cost of living payment will not be enough when millions of people are facing financial crisis.

James Taylor, director of strategy at disability equality charity Scope, said: “Life costs more when you’re disabled, so the £150 put forward by the government won’t touch the sides. Even with freezing the price cap, energy bills will have doubled in a year.”

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He added: “The new prime minister cannot and must not abandon disabled people in this budget. There must be targeted financial support for those who need it most.”

But in the short term, making sure you get the cost of living support for which you are eligible is essential for people who need help. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the disability cost of living payment – including whether you are eligible, how to claim it and exactly when it will hit bank accounts. 

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Who will get the disability cost of living payment?

Around six million people will receive the disability cost of living payment. People are eligible if they are receiving certain benefits. These are the attendance allowance, constant attendance allowance, disability living allowance for adults and children, personal independence payment (PIP), adult and child disability payment in Scotland, armed forces independence payment and the war pension mobility supplement.

How much is the disability cost of living payment?

The additional cost of living payment for disabled people is £150. 

For disabled people on low-incomes, this payment comes on top of other cost of living payments totalling £1,200. This is broken down as £650 for low-income households, £400 for all households to help with energy bills, and an extra £150 for properties in council tax bands A to D in England.

Smith said: “This £150 disability payment is on top of the £1,200 most low income benefit claimants will also receive and alongside wider support targeted at disabled people, including help with transport and prescription costs.” 

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How do I claim the disability cost of living payment?

You don’t have to claim the disability cost of living payment. It will be paid automatically into your bank account if you are eligible. 

Any texts or emails asking recipients for their personal details and encouraging you to claim the payment are likely to be fraudulent. 

You find out more about the support you are eligible for on the government’s help for households page.

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When will I get the disability cost of living payment?

The disability cost of living payment will automatically hit bank accounts from Tuesday, September 20. The majority of people will receive their payment by the beginning of October this year. 

If your payment of your disability benefit was confirmed by May 25, you can expect to be paid shortly after the payment window opens. If you were waiting for confirmation of your benefits on May 25, the process may take longer but the payments will still be automatic.

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