When households across Sunderland will get their second cost of living support payment and how to check if you are eligible

More than eight million households in the UK, including thousands in Sunderland, will get a second cash payment of £324 to ease cost of living pressures this year.

The initial instalment for benefit claimants, which was paid into bank accounts, came on Thursday, July 14 and was valued at £326, with the rest to follow in a second instalment in the autumn – most likely from early in October although a specific date is yet to be announced.

The plans were initially announced by former Chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier this year.

Recipients of the following support are eligible for the payment:

When will families across Sunderland get their second cost of living support payment?

income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Income Support

Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit

Almost 1 in 4 families will receive the means-tested benefit and 1 in 10 will receive a £150 disability top-up.

Anyone who qualifies for both payments should receive a total of £800 to help with the cost of living, plus a further £400 to help with energy bills this winter, due to be paid in September.

Disability cost of living payment

You may get a lump sum payment of £150 if you are getting any of the following:

Attendance Allowance

Constant Attendance Allowance

Disability Living Allowance for adults

Disability Living Allowance for children

Personal Independence Payment

Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)

Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)

Armed Forces Independence Payment

War Pension Mobility Supplement

When will I get the disability cost of living payment?

If you qualify, you’ll get the payment from September. Payments will be made to people who get a qualifying disability from DWP before payments to people who get a qualifying benefit from the Ministry of Defence.

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

If you’re entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2022 to 2023, you will get an extra £300 for your household paid with your normal payment from November. This is in addition to any Cost of Living Payment you get with your benefit or tax credits.

The full amount of Winter Fuel Payment you will get for winter 2022 to 2023 depends on your circumstances. These amounts are for winter 2022 to 2023 only.

Full details on eligibility can be found on the Government website.