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Household Support Fund: OCT 2023 - MAR 2024

The Household Support Fund is open to help those households struggling most with the increase in the cost of living. The application scheme runs from the end of October 2023 until March 2024. Find out how the Household Support Fund will be allocated and check for updates.

Households to get new cost-of-living payments from spring 2023

The £900 payment for over eight million eligible means-tested benefits claimants (including those on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and tax credits) starts in spring. Payments will go directly to bank accounts in three payments over the course of the financial year. There will also be a separate £150 for over six million disabled people and £300 for over eight million pensioners on top of their winter fuel payment.

Payments will be made automatically if individuals are eligible and there will be no need to apply. Claimants who are eligible for any of the cost-of-living payments and receive tax credits, and no other means-tested benefits, will receive payment from HM Revenue and Customs shortly after DWP payments are issued. Find out more here.