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Cost of Living payment UPDATE: Millions on PIP still waiting for £150 disability help as DWP admit delays

- Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng slashes taxes
- Urgent mortgage warning for millions of homeowners
- More than 1million to be paid additional £100

SIX MILLION people eligible for the £150 disability payment have started receiving the payment already.

However, a spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said the last minute bank holiday for the Queen’s funeral had delayed the payments for those on PIP.

Many will receive the payment in early October even though the schedule was meant to start on September 20.

Those who receive any of the following benefits are also entitled to the one-off disability payment:

Attendance allowance

Constant attendance allowance

Disability living allowance for adults

Disability living allowance for children

Personal independence payment (PIP)

Adult disability payment (in Scotland)

Child disability payment (in Scotland)

Armed Forces independence payment

War pension mobility supplement

Read our live blog below for the latest updates....

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    FREE debt advice for struggling Brits

    There are various services available as costs mount.

    Here are some free services that may be of use:

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Government wage ‘class war’ with working people

    The General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Lynch, gave his thoughts on the mini budget, which was unveiled yesterday.

    He told LBC’s Ben Kentish the UK risks having “the most right-wing, extreme and militant government” ever, one that’s “declaring class war on ordinary people” with its mini budget.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Are airfryers more energy efficient than ovens?

    You will have seen airfryers all over the internet by now, they have taken the culinary world by storm.

    The small appliances aren’t actually fryers, but they have been heralded for not pre-heating and switching themselves off.

    A typical airfryer uses 1500W of energy per hour.

    They typically can hold up to six portions of food.

    The Express held a comparison between the two and found that for the same meal it cost:

    • The airfryer cost 20p to use for 15 minutes
    • An oven cost 42p to use for 41 minutes (11 minutes heating up, 30 minutes to cook)
  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Tax cuts won’t ‘suddenly unlock’ economic growth

    CBI boss has warned the Chancellor that there are elements of the mini budget that may not give as much change as was hoped.

    Tony Danker told The Independent: “If they (ministers) are hoping that simply reversing the 6-point corporation tax rise will suddenly unlock growth when actually firms still pay 19 per cent, it is not going to do all the work,” he said. “We need a broad-based plan.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Universities are setting up food banks for students

    It was revealed recently by a Student Beans survey that three in four students feel left out in the cold from the cost of living government help.

    To help students,Newcastle University’s student union (NUSU) says it plans to open a free ‘pantry’ to all students, Metro reported.

    The university discovered that 93 per cent of students are cutting back on their spending this year.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    How much is one-off pensioner cost of living payment worth?

    A £300 one-off “Pensioner Cost of Living Payment” will be paid to eight million households from November.

    The following must apply to qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment and Pensioner Cost of Living Payment:

    You were born on or before 25 September 1956

    You lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 19 to 25 September 2022 – this is called the ‘qualifying week’

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Mini heater that could be a big help this winter

    This tiny device runs at the quarter of a cost of a normal heater.

    Costing less than £15 The Portable Mini Electric Fan Heater is available at Amazon.

    It costs about 14p per hour, compared to 56p per hour with larger heaters.

    You can plug it into the mains, and it is absolutely tiny so won't take up much space.

    One review read: “Ideal for warming up a room in between central heating cycles, saves pressing the advance button on the main heating.” 

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    How will National Insurance changes affect people’s incomes?

    Those earning £20,000 will save £93 a year.

    People earning £30,000 a year will save £218 a year and those on £40,000 will save £343 a year.

    Employees on £50,000 will save £468 a year and individuals on £60,000 will save £593 a year.

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    Expert claims National Insurance cut will boost pay

    Sarah Coles, personal finance expert at Hargreaves Lansdown said: "At this stage, every extra penny in our pockets is welcome, so the National Insurance cut will come as a welcome boost for the finances of millions of taxpayers."

    My Pension Expert executive chairman Andrew Megson added the National Insurance cut will "boost the amount of pay people in work take home each month".

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    How will National Insurance changes affect people’s incomes?

    Those earning £20,000 will save £93 a year.

    People earning £30,000 a year will save £218 a year and those on £40,000 will save £343 a year.

    Employees on £50,000 will save £468 a year and individuals on £60,000 will save £593 a year.

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    Other measures the Chancellor announced in Mini-Budget

  • Matt Snape

    How will the National Insurance cut help you?

    Millions of households will save £330 a year thanks to Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s cut to National Insurance contributions in his mini-budget.

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    How much is one-off pensioner cost of living payment worth?

    A £300 one-off “Pensioner Cost of Living Payment” will be paid to eight million households from November.

    The following must apply to qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment and Pensioner Cost of Living Payment:

    You were born on or before 25 September 1956

    You lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 19 to 25 September 2022 - this is called the ‘qualifying week’

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    Kwasi Kwarteng’s Mini-Budget energy bill help explained

    Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s Mini-Budget will provide millions of households with help for their energy bills.

    Energy suppliers will provide households with energy efficient improvements under the Chancellor’s expanding energy company obligation.

    Liz Truss froze energy bills for two months earlier this month, which will ensure that households will not pay more than £2,500 under a new Energy Price Guarantee.

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    New tool helps you compare cost of living around the planet

    Many people are opting to move abroad following the cost of living crisis.

    A new online tool from Serbian-based website Numbeo puts together information from across the globe about the price of everyday purchases.

    “Everyone can add the data, like Wikipedia,” Mladen Adamovic, CEO of Numbeo tells Euronews Travel.

  • Matt Snape

    Stamp duty CUT for first-time buyers

    In Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s latest mini-budget, no home sold for less than £250,000 will have to pay stamp duty.

    This will cover a third of properties.

    For the first time, that threshold will rise from £300,000 to £425,000.

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    What tax measures are in the budget?

    31 million workers will see their taxes slashed by a penny – from 20p in the pound to 19p.

    600,000 of the highest earners will see the 45p top rate of income tax abolished.

    The average worker will get an extra £300 a month following the reversal of former chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to increase National Insurance.  

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    Tax giveaway and energy bills freeze part of Liz Truss’s big gamble

    Liz Truss is hoping her £45billion tax break and a £60billion energy freeze will help jumpstart the sluggish economy.

    The package represents the biggest shift away from government policy over the last 12 years.

    Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng hopes the measures will lead to 2.5 percent growth per year.

    Click here to read more.

  • Henry Moore

    Martin Lewis claims bills could be HIGHER than £2,500

    Yesterday, Martin Lewis explained that Brits could still face bills higher than £2,500, despite the government’s new guarantee.

    The MoneySavingExpert said: “In reality, this new price guarantee is just a price cap but longer, and by another name.

    “And like all price caps, there is no total cap on what you can pay.

    “That £2,500 limit you will have heard, is just an illustration of what the price cap would be for someone on typical use.

    “There’s nothing stopping you paying, £4,000, £5,000, £6,000 on energy.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Henry Moore

    FREE debt advice for struggling Brits

    There are various services available as costs mount.

    Here are some free services that may be of use:

  • Henry Moore

    How much will you save on income tax?

    The Chancellor announced massive changes to the British economy yesterday, including a 1p cut in income tax.

    This cut will see 31million people save £170 on average next year, according to government estimates.

    But how much will you save?

    Click here to read more.

  • Henry Moore

    Martin Lewis gives his verdict on the “mini budget”

    The UK’s resident Money Saving Expert uploaded a video following the Chancellor’s slew of announcements yesterday.

    In the clip, Mr Lewis gave his verdict on the massive economic changes.

    “Overall, the government is reducing the tax burden significantly with all these changes put into place,” he said.

    “It is also spending a lot of money on the energy reduction and all of this will put money in people’s pockets, which taken in isolation, is of course a good thing.

    “If the gamble is right, low taxes will grow the economy and everybody will get their money back in return and this is a good thing.

    “And if the gamble is wrong, we won’t see the growth that is needed to pay for all this and that is a worry going forward.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Henry Moore

    Stamp Duty cuts explained

    Yesterday, the Chancellor announced a series of massive tax cuts one of which was a slash to Stamp Duty.

    All houses costing over £200,000 will see Stamp Duty reductions.

    See below for how YOU could save, and click here for more.

  • Henry Moore

    Tip: Ask energy providers about hardship funds

    If you are struggling, ask your supplier what funds are available for you to apply for – you could save up to £2,575.

    Here are a few energy provider grants to get you started:

  • Henry Moore

    When will the £300 Pensioner cost of living payment be sent out?

    From October, eligible Brits will receive a £300 cash boost, as the government looks to help hard-up Brits during the Cost of Living crisis.

    Around 8 million citizens will receive the £300 one-off “Pensioner Cost of Living Payment.”

    To be eligible for the payment the following must apply:

    • You were born on or before 25 September 1956
    • You lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 19 to 25 September 2022 – this is called the ‘qualifying week’

    Click here to read more.

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