Universal Credit Cost Of Living payment Leeds 2022: When is second government payment, how to apply & claim?

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The second instalment of the cost of living financial aid is expected to hit Leeds bank accounts this autumn.

The ongoing cost of living crisis has been financially crippling millions of desperate, low-income households throughout the UK, including Leeds.

Prices of petrol and diesel are skyrocketing to astronomic highs, grocery shopping is becoming more expensive, monthly energy bills are increasing - all of which is putting a huge strain on low-income Leeds households.

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With UK inflation standing at 9.90 percent - which is its highest rate in 40 years - the government is attempting to alleviate these concerns through issuing a £37 billion support package.

Here is everything you need to know about the second cost of living payment, such as the date it will be paid out, the criteria you need to meet to be eligible and how to apply and claim it in Leeds.

What is the cost of living payment?

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Direct payments to help with the soaring costs of living in the UK will be paid to the eight million people that are eligible at the time of publication.

It involves two different payments that total to £650.

The first payment to eligible households of £326 was paid in July, whilst the second will be the remaining £324.

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Who is eligible for the cost of living payment?

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The Cost of Living payment of £650 will see over eight million households eligible across the country supported.

This includes all Leeds households that are already entitled to a payment from the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit

To be eligible for the second instalment of £324, you must have been entitled to one of the above benefits between the period 26 April 2022 to 25 May 2022.

How will the cost of living payment be paid?

The payment will be paid directly into the bank accounts of the eligible houselands and individuals.

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When will people in Leeds receive the payment?

The first instalment of the payment was issued on 31 July 2022.

Those who were eligible for the first payment who are tax credit claimants will receive the second payment this autumn.

The final cost of living payment will appear in bank accounts of those eligible in the autumn with an official date yet to be confirmed.

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