Around six million people eligible for a £150 disability cost of living payment have started receiving the money.

It is one of several support measures introduced by the Government to help combat the cost of living crisis, caused by soaring inflation and energy bills.

Prime Minister Liz Truss announced an energy bill freeze shortly after entering No 10 this month. The price cap, which was due to rise to £3,549 a year in October, will now remain at £2,500 for two years.

And while this will go some way to helping families struggling to keep up with rocketing energy prices, it means average energy bills will still be double what they were at the start of the year.

Ms Truss has been reluctant to announce any hand-outs, but the grants installed by previous PM Boris Johnson remain in place.

Here’s everything you need to know about the £150 disability payment, including who will get it.

Will people on PIP get the £150 disability payment?

Yes, people on personal independence payment (PIP) can receive the disability payment.

People may be eligible for the payment if they receive any of the following disability benefits:

  • 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

You must have received a payment of one of these qualifying benefits for 25 May, 2022.

If you get a qualifying disability benefit from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and a qualifying disability benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), you will only receive a payment from DWP.

For disabled people on low incomes, this payment comes on top of other cost of living payments totalling £650, £400 for all households to help with energy bills, and an extra £150 for properties in council tax bands A-D.

When will I get the payment?

The grant will begin being paid automatically from Tuesday 20 September. You do not need to apply.

DWP said the vast majority of those eligible are “expected to receive their one-off payment within a couple of weeks by the beginning of October”.

Payments will be made to people who get a qualifying disability from DWP before those who get it from the MoD.

The £150 disability payment is tax free, and won’t count towards the benefits cap or affect any existing benefits you currently claim.

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Chloe Smith, said: “We know disabled people can face additional costs, which is why we are acting to help reduce the financial pressures on the most vulnerable.

“This £150 disability payment is on top of the £1,200 most low-income benefit claimants will also receive and alongside wider support targeted at disabled people, including help with transport and prescription costs.

“We know it’s a worrying time for some people and I’d urge them to check they are getting all the support on offer by searching ‘help for households’.”

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