More than six million people with disabilities will start to receive a £150 cost-of-living payment from Tuesday.
The one-off payments, issued by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) throughout a two-week window, will support people with the extra costs they face.
The payments are part of a wider package of cost-of-living support worth up to £1,350 to the most vulnerable households.
The £150 we’re sending disabled people over the next two weeks is part of a major cost-of-living support package worth just under £100 billion, providing some peace of mind to the most vulnerable in society
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt
Work and Pensions secretary Mel Stride said: “We recognise that some of the most vulnerable UK households continue to face cost-of-living pressures, in particular those who are disabled.
“Our commitment to halving inflation and ultimately getting it back to the two per cent target will relieve a lot of financial pressure for us all, but this extra support will help over six million disabled people right now as we work towards that goal.”
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said: “The additional costs faced by disabled people mean inflation is particularly challenging, which is why halving it this year and getting back to the Bank of England’s two per cent target is our priority.
“The £150 we’re sending disabled people over the next two weeks is part of a major cost-of-living support package worth just under £100 billion, providing some peace of mind to the most vulnerable in society.”
We understand the additional financial pressures disabled people are facing, which is why we are putting another £150 in their pockets from today
Minister for disabled people, health and work Tom Pursglove said: “We understand the additional financial pressures disabled people are facing, which is why we are putting another £150 in their pockets from today.
“This is on top of further cost-of-living payments for low-income benefit claimants, as we’re committed to providing support where it is needed most.”
As the payment is made automatically, those eligible for the support do not need to take any action. The payment reference on bank statements will appear as the person’s national insurance number, followed by “DWP COL”.
Those expecting a payment should watch out for scammers, who will use events such as cost-of-living payments to try to trick people into handing over personal details or money.
People who may qualify for the payments being made between 20 June and 4 July include those on disability living allowance, personal independence payments, attendance allowance, Scottish disability benefits (adult disability payment and child disability payment), armed forces independence payments, constant attendance allowance and war pension mobility supplement.
The DWP said a small number of payments will be made after 4 July, where claimants were still awaiting confirmation of their eligibility or entitlement to qualifying disability benefits on April 1.
The new payment is in addition to the £150 disability cost-of-living payment that was paid last September.
Louise Rubin, head of policy at disability charity Scope, said: “This £150 disability cost-of-living payment offered to people on disability benefits won’t touch the sides.
“We’ve heard from disabled people whose bills have risen to £6,000 a year. Parents are skipping meals so their children can eat. Others are going without food to power breathing equipment.
“We need a long-term solution. The government urgently needs to introduce a discounted social energy tariff for people with disabilities with no choice but to use more energy.”