Cost of living support

Cost of Living Payments from the government


£650 Cost of Living Payment

Households on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will receive a payment of £650 in 2022. 

This will be made automatically in two instalments. This is in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills. 

See GOV.UK: Cost of living payment


Disability Cost of Living Payment

Individuals on disability benefits will receive a one-off £150 payment to help with extra costs, such as for specialist equipment or transport.

This is in addition to the £650 Cost of Living Payment for disabled people who also receive means tested benefits.

See GOV.UK: Disability Cost of Living Payment


Winter fuel payments and Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.

This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment.

See GOV.UK: Winter Fuel Payment

How these benefits will be paid

The Cost of Living payments will be made by the government.

South Tyneside Council is not responsible for administering these payments.