Cost of Living Payments July 2022
in Disability money matters
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I recieve Employment & Support Allowance and are in the support group. Can anyone help me please? I'm trying to find out if i qualify for the cost of living payment. I've asked and researched everywhere. I hope someone can help me. Thank You
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If you receive more than £117.60 per week then definitely at least some of it is income-related. If not, it will depend on what your letters say.
This is because income-related is means-tested but contribution-based/new-style ESA is not, and the CoL payment is for those deemed to be on a low income as determined by the means test.
If ESA is your only income you should check eligibility for UC. [If you live with a partner then any earnings/savings they have will be taken into account, because it goes on joint financial situation.]
Unfortunately, paying taxes all your life doesn't help you here. The CoL payment is not paid to those claiming Contributions based benefits because there would be no way of them checked everyone's circumstances.