Cost of living payments

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You may be eligible for an extra payment to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits. For more information about what you may be eligible for and how this could be paid to you please visit

  • a £650 Cost of Living Payment for households on means tested benefits
  • a £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, to be paid alongside the Winter Fuel Payment
  • a £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment for people who get certain disability benefits

Warm Home Discount Scheme

If you get benefits, you might be able to get £150 off your electricity bill or £150 added to your prepayment meter. You don’t need to apply for the scheme – payments are automatic. Check which energy supplier you were with on 21 August 2022. You can only get the discount if your supplier is in the scheme.

Winter Fuel Payment

The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual one-off payment to help you pay for heating during the winter. You can usually get a Winter Fuel Payment if you were born on or before 25 September 1956.

You’ll automatically get an extra ‘pensioner cost of living payment’ with your usual Winter Fuel Payment in either November or December. You should start getting the Winter Fuel Payment automatically once you reach State Pension age, but sometimes you might need to apply. You can find out how to apply for the Winter Fuel Payment on Winter Fuel Payment: Overview – GOV.UK (

Cold weather payment

A Cold Weather Payment is money to help with fuel costs during periods of very cold weather. The temperature in the area where you live must be zero degrees celsius or below, for at least seven days in a row, between 1 November and 31 March.

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Check if you can get a fuel voucher

The government has provided local councils with additional funding through the household support scheme for those who cannot afford to top up their prepayment meter. You might be able to get a fuel voucher from your local council if you cannot afford to top up – find your local council on GOV.UK.

You can find out more about other areas of support through these links:

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