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      DWP Cost of Living Spring Payment: Those Who Are Not Eligible and Why

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      With the recent announcement and timeline for the next wave of cost of living payments by the Department for Work and Pensions, bristol live recently reported that some eight million families were expected to receive the first payment of £301 this spring. However, not everyone claiming benefits will automatically qualify for the £900 means-tested payment.

      The Daily Record reports that the first of the payments will be made to qualified benefit claimants, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, adding that guidance indicates that eligibility for cost-of-living payments will follow. 2023/24 same criteria as last year. This means applicants will need to receive Universal Credit, along with their non-qualifying benefit in order to receive the first payment of £301 in a few weeks.

      The guidance states: “You will not receive a payment if you were receiving a new-style employment and support allowance, a contributive support and employment allowance, or a new-style jobseeker’s allowance, unless you were also receiving Universal Credit.” Here’s more information on who isn’t eligible and why, as well as the upcoming payment schedule and how to check…

      Read more: DWP cost of living payments: 8m families to receive first £301 this spring

      Universal Credit ‘zero prizes’

      You will not be eligible for the next cost of living payment if your Universal Credit is reduced to £0 for the qualifying assessment period. This is often called a ‘void award’ and this can happen if:

      • Receive more than one payout of winnings
      • Your income or your partner’s income increases
      • Your savings, or those of your partner, increase
      • You start receiving another benefit

      However, if money has been taken away for other reasons, such as rent payments to your landlord or for money you owe, you may still be eligible. Nearly 551,000 Universal Credit applicants missed out on their first cost of living payment of £326 last summer due to a mis-allocation.

      The DWP has previously explained that the £900 payment will be made up of three different amounts (£301, £300 and £299) related to specific qualification periods to make it easier to determine if an individual has received the correct payments. It also means that Universal Credit applicants at work may qualify for one or more of the payments, especially if they don’t always receive a ‘void award.’


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