Today (20 September), over six million disabled individuals in the United Kingdom will begin receiving their one-time £150 Disability Cost of Living payment.
Those who have verified payment of their disability benefit for May 25 will automatically get the £150, with the great majority receiving payment by early October.
The payment will assist disabled individuals with the growing cost of living, in recognition of the greater disability-related expenses they frequently incur, such as for care and mobility requirements.
The government’s cost of living payments are part of a £37 billion assistance package that would see millions of households get at least £1,200 this year to assist with rising monthly bills.
Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith said: “We know disabled people face additional costs and this government is listening and taking decisive action to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
“In addition to the £150 Disability Cost of Living payment, households will save an average of £1,000 a year through our new Energy Price Guarantee and the lowest-income households will receive at least £1,200 to help with the rising cost of living this year.
“This multi-billion-pound package of support reinforces our commitment to help UK households, particularly those with disability challenges, through the tough times ahead.”
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The government is providing vital support to shield the most vulnerable from rising prices caused by global economic challenges.
“From today, a one-off £150 payment will automatically land in over six million disabled peoples’ accounts.
“This is in addition to the decisive action we took last week to hold down energy bills over the next two years, saving the average household £1,000 a year.
“The government is standing behind people this winter, and in the longer term we are focusing on driving economic growth – the only way to permanently boost everyone’s living standards.”