Cost of Living Support Payments

What support is being offered

Millions of people on means-tested benefits will receive the first of two Cost of Living Payments totalling £650 from 14 - 31 July 2022, as part of a £37billion government package to help families with cost of living pressures.

These payments will be issued by the Government. There is no need for residents to apply to this fund. The Government will contact eligible residents directly to make a payment.

When you will receive the payments

The first £326 instalment for qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be paid by their usual payment method from 14 – 31 July 2022, continuing to the end of the month. For those eligible, the rest will follow in a second instalment in the autumn.

People receiving tax credits and no other eligible benefits will receive their first payment from HMRC in autumn and the second in winter.

In total, millions of vulnerable households will receive at least £1,200 from the Government this year to help cover rising costs.

Specific payments

There are specific payments for those on means tested benefits, for pensioners, those on disability benefits and to help people with energy bills.

  • A £150 payment will be made to people on qualifying disability benefits which can be in addition to the above due to be paid in September
  • An extra £300 for pensioner households will be paid as an increase to their winter fuel payment to be paid from mid-November
  • The Energy Bills Support Scheme will see all domestic energy customers receive a one-off rebate of £400 paid by their energy providers. This money will not need to be paid back.

Help with Fuel Bill payments

Resident eligibility criteria

Advice and emergency cash support available.

To qualify for a winter fuel payment you must:

  • Be a resident of the Royal Borough of Kensington + Chelsea (this includes residents of K+C who have temporarily been housed outside of the borough by RBKC)
  • Have limited or no savings (less than £10,000 for a single person over State pension age, or less than£8,000 for a single person or a couple under state pension age) 
  • Be able to provide a recent copy of a bank statement and fuel bill(s) to one of the partner organisations below
  • Residents with significant arrears on their pre-payment meter may also apply for a grant of up to£500 to clear existing debt

To qualify for a cash payment you must:

  • Meet all of the criteria outlined above (there is no need to provide a fuel bill)
  • The amount you are eligible to receive is dependent on circumstances and is likely to be between£80- £130

Contact our charity partners for more information:

Age UK K&C
020 8969 9105
For further information visit the Age UK Kensington and Chelsea webpage.

Citizens Advice K&C
0808 2787 982
For further information visit the Citizens Advice Kensington Chelsea webpage

Nucleus Legal Advice Centre
020 7373 4005
Visit the Nucleus website for further information

Worlds End Neighbourhood Advice Centre
020 7351 5749
Visit the Worlds End Neighbourhood Advice Centre website for further information

Further information

For more information about financial support, go to the GOV.UK Cost Of Living Payment page.

Last updated: 13 September 2022