Be Scam Aware
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has urged people to beware of scammers using cost-of-living payments to con them out of money.
The warning comes as millions of low-income households are to receive £900 to help them cope with spiralling costs, starting this spring.
£900 is for eligible means-tested benefits claimants, including people on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and tax credits, and will be paid directly to bank accounts in three payments.
There will also be a separate £150 payment for more than six million people with disabilities and £300 for over eight million pensioners to supplement their Winter Fuel Payments.
The DWP has reminded claimants they do need to apply for the payment, and it will "never ask" for personal details via text or email.
DWP has issued a rough timeline for the upcoming cost of living payments, which you can see below.
£301 – First Cost of Living Payment (during spring 2023)
£150 – Disability Payment (during summer 2023)
£300 – Second Cost of Living Payment (during autumn 2023)
£300 – Pensioner Payment (during winter 2023-24)
£299 – Third Cost of Living Payment (during spring 2024)
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