Find out what money you are entitled to
Council Tax reductions
Cost of living support you get automatically if you get welfare benefits or Tax Credits
Cost of living support you can apply for if you get welfare benefits
Help for non-UK nationals who are not entitled to benefits
Help to increase your income, manage your debts and find discounts
Some residents are eligible for a Council Tax reduction based on their circumstances. Find out if you can apply for a Council Tax reduction based on your circumstances.
If you get one of the welfare benefits or Tax Credits listed below you should get payments from the government to help with the cost of living in 2023 to 2424. You should automatically receive this if you get one of these benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Pension Credit
- Employment & Support Allowance (income based)
- Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Income Support
How much the payments are worth
- are worth £900 in total
- will be paid as instalments of £301, £300 and £299
- will be paid between spring 2023 and spring 2024
For most people on Department of Work and Pensions benefits, the £301 payment will be paid between 25 April 2023 and 17 May 2023. Find out more about the Government cost of living payments for 2023 to 2024, including qualifying dates for entitlement to the £301 payment.
The payments should go to the same bank account used to pay your benefits. If you don’t get this money when you expect it, you can report a missing cost of living payment on the GOV.UK website.
Find out how to apply for money if you are on a low-income or Pension Credit and need help with the cost of living.
Help for pension-aged residents
To get the most support, pension-aged residents (aged 66 and above) must apply for Pension Credit. We work with community partners to help vulnerable pension-aged residents get all the benefit support they are entitled to.
Check what benefits you're entitled to
You can check what benefits you are entitled to.
Our Local Support Team help disabled, vulnerable or older residents who are facing severe financial hardship. We can check that you and your household are getting all the welfare benefits you're entitled to and help you make a claim. They also run the:
- Southwark Emergency Support Scheme for residents who need help dealing with a crisis, emergency or disaster
- Hardship Fund for residents in debt with household bills
Housing Benefit, Council Tax reduction and other support
Page last updated: 11 April 2023