Am I getting the £300 cost of living payment?

MrJames1981
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edited 13 November 2023 at 4:07PM in Benefits & tax credits
I still haven't been paid my cost of living payment. The dates are a bit vague..One month, I would qualify and the other month I would not. 

However, I did get a hardship payment-which I understand does make you eligible. 

Here are the pictures of the qualifying periods, I believe are correct? 

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  • Largs
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    You would be better asking over on the benefit area as this is the banking area.  Are you not able to ask UC through the journal?
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  • poppy12345
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    edited 13 November 2023 at 4:37PM
    That’s not the assessment period that qualifies you. To qualify you need to have been entitled to a payment of UC for an assessment period that ended between 18th August and 17th September. 

    For you then you need to look at your assessment period between 26th July and 25th August. If you were entitled to a payment of UC for 2nd September then you qualify, if you weren’t then you don’t qualify.

    I see your payment for 2nd Sept was zero, was it reduced due to earnings? 

  • My interpretation of that section is, if you received a hardship payment and repaying it made your award nil for that assessment period, you still qualify.

    That section there to clarify different reasons for a nil award is handy!  Should save a lot of confusion.
  • That’s not the assessment period that qualifies you. To qualify you need to have been entitled to a payment of UC for an assessment period that ended between 18th August and 17th September. 

    For you then you need to look at your assessment period between 26th July and 25th August. If you were entitled to a payment of UC for 2nd September then you qualify, if you weren’t then you don’t qualify.

    I see your payment for 2nd Sept was zero, was it reduced due to earnings? 

    It was a sanction. I suppose I'll have to just wait and see, But not holding out much hope! 
  • Spoonie_Turtle
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    edited 13 November 2023 at 5:31PM
    That’s not the assessment period that qualifies you. To qualify you need to have been entitled to a payment of UC for an assessment period that ended between 18th August and 17th September. 

    For you then you need to look at your assessment period between 26th July and 25th August. If you were entitled to a payment of UC for 2nd September then you qualify, if you weren’t then you don’t qualify.

    I see your payment for 2nd Sept was zero, was it reduced due to earnings? 

    It was a sanction. I suppose I'll have to just wait and see, But not holding out much hope! 
    That's explicitly a reason you won't be eligible then, sorry.  From the link poppy provided:

    "When you will not be eligible: DWP benefits

    You will not be eligible for the Cost of Living Payment if your benefit is reduced to £0 for the qualifying period. This is sometimes called a ‘nil award’.

    Reasons your benefit may be reduced to £0 include:

    • you got a ‘sanction’ because you did not do something you agreed in your claimant commitment"

  • My interpretation of that section is, if you received a hardship payment and repaying it made your award nil for that assessment period, you still qualify.

    That section there to clarify different reasons for a nil award is handy!  Should save a lot of confusion.

    I'm not saying you are incorrect but do think it's as clear as mud.
    I would have though it would state "you had a hardship repayment" Like so often a Government site open to interpretation.
    Let's Be Careful Out There

  • My interpretation of that section is, if you received a hardship payment and repaying it made your award nil for that assessment period, you still qualify.

    That section there to clarify different reasons for a nil award is handy!  Should save a lot of confusion.

    I'm not saying you are incorrect but do think it's as clear as mud.
    I would have though it would state "you had a hardship repayment" Like so often a Government site open to interpretation.
    Yeah, it was based on the context (i.e. in the section of 'you had a nil payment' but not in the 'you won't qualify' section) but I'm aware it's ambiguous - which is why I said it was my interpretation, rather than just straight up saying that's what it means ;)
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