Many people with a learning disability who receive benefits will start seeing cost of living support payments into their banks from 14 July 2022. This extra money is for people on low incomes, or who face additional costs because of a disability, to cope with the rising prices of food, energy and other essentials.
People with a learning disability spend more than non-disabled people on essentials. As benefits are not keeping up with inflation, some people on low incomes are likely to be worse off this year. So while this additional support – up to £1200 paid between July 2022 and March 2023 – is welcome, it might not be enough to cover the rapidly rising prices.
If you, or someone you care for, is due to receive these payments, we’re encouraging you to make a plan for how best to use this money.
When you are planning, remember:
The payments will start in July, but need to last for around 9 months.
Benefits payments are not expected to rise again until April 2023.
The price of essentials will probably continue to increase.
Energy costs are expected to go up again over the winter too.
"Can my council take any of this money into account for social care charges?"
No. Many people with a learning disability who get social care support from their council have to pay money in charges towards their care.
The government has said that people get to keep all of the cost of living payments and councils cannot take the payments into account for social care charges. The government has put this into law with new regulations, The Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022.
How to get help with food, energy and fuel costs
We've created a page full of information about the governments cost of living payments.
Find out if you are eligible and how to claim them.