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A cost of living payment is being paid to eligible pensioners

28 Nov 2023
If you were born before 25 September 1957 and receive the Winter Fuel Payment, you will automatically receive the Pensioner Cost of Living Payment at the same time.  
You do not need to apply or contact anyone to receive this Cost of Living Payment alongside your Winter Fuel Payment. If you’re eligible, you will be sent a letter telling you how much your payment will be.  
However, while most eligible pensioners will receive the Winter Fuel Payment automatically, a small number of people may need to make a claim for it. To check if you need to do this, visit gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment. If your claim is successful, you’ll then be eligible for the Pensioner Cost of Living Payment.  
Pension Credit is also available to support the most vulnerable pensioners. You can check the eligibility of yourself or a loved one at gov.uk/pensioncredit. You can still qualify for the £300 Cost of Living Payment if you make a successful backdated Pension Credit application by 10 December 2023.  
Find out more about the range of government support with the cost of living, including Pension Credit and Cold Weather Payments, at gov.uk/helpforhouseholds

There is also a video explainging about eligibility for the payment you can watch here.

You can also get free, impartial and confidentail financial advice from our Money Matters team.