The DWP has so far failed to send the £150 cost of living payment to the majority of eligible recipients, a new investigation has found.
The majority of eligible people on disability benefits have yet to receive the one-off £150 cost of living payment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted it has only been able to send out a limited number of payments due to "operational issues" - but confirmed "everyone" will be paid by the start of October, according to Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website.
A DWP spokesperson said: “We completely understand many people may be anxious because they have not yet received their £150 Disability Cost of Living payment but we want to reiterate that payments will be made automatically and the vast majority of people will receive them by early October.
“While some people have been paid this week, the majority of people will be paid next week. Anyone who has not been paid yet should wait until early October before querying their payment with the Department.
“Payments are automatic and you do not need to do anything to request a payment. We are on track to process the vast majority of payments by early October.”
Read our cost of living blog below for the latest updates....
Breaking: Next budget to take place in the Spring
In a recent announcement, the Treasury confirmed its next budget will take place in the Spring.
This means there will not be an Autumn budget in 2022, following last week's not-so-mini budget announcements.
Breaking: Government to release fiscal statement on November 23
Following the Chancellor's "mini budget" announced last week, the government are set to outline their medium-term fiscal plan.
Another statement will be made on November 23, 2022.
"The Fiscal Plan will set out further details on the government’s fiscal rules, including ensuring that debt falls as a share of GDP in the medium term," a government statement reads.
Cost of Living crisis to put pressure on the NHS, expert claims
The Cost of Living crisis has experts “worried” about the NHS, the BBC reports.
“We’re worried about people because of the cost of living,” Jillian Evans, head of health intelligence at NHS Grampian said.
“People who are unable to heat their homes, unable to have food at regular times – all of those people will be susceptible to greater illness.
“That will put a strain not just on themselves but on healthcare services. I’m worried about all of those things.”
Chart: Broadband deals for struggling Brits
Soem good news: four million Brits are eligible for low-cost social broadband tariffs.
But despite a slew of firms providing low-cost deals, only 1.2% of eligible Brits have signed up.
Here is a list of companies which offer low-cost social broadband tariffs.
Click here for all you need to know.
Marks & Spencer is increasing staff pay
Marks & Spencer is increasing staff pay for the second time this year.
They are providing 4,500 employees with a £250 shopping voucher according to the Guardian.
The move comes as part of a £15m package to help with the rising cost of living,
Cost of living advice for Halloween
Rebecca Bebbington, online consumer expert at NetVoucherCodes has advised people that if you’re planning a Halloween party of dressing the house up ready for trick or treaters, have a look at DIY options instead of splashing on expensive decorations.
Rebecca said: “Weigh up the costs of carving your own pumpkins to how much it’ll be to get crafty with glue and glitter for homemade spooky decorations.
“Perhaps think about what can be used more practically such as a hand-sewn pillow which can be used year-round and won’t appear out of place during off-season periods.”
Free community cruise scheme to return for vulnerable people
Free community cruises for vulnerable communities are set to return for a second year to allow people to "experience a slower pace of life on the water" and "connect with others".
Eco-friendly boat hire company GoBoat UK, which previously launched the scheme last year, is set to carry it out again this autumn.
Every Tuesday from September 27 until the end of October the company will provide free one-hour boat trips to community groups and charities on its local water space across four locations - Paddington, Canary Wharf, Kingston upon Thames and Brindleyplace in Birmingham, which includes those affected by social issues such as the cost-of-living crisis.
Nanjiba Misbah, community connections co-ordinator for London and the South East at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - a charity which benefited from the scheme last year - said that the initiative will help "those within our community take time out to enjoy a memorable experience".
She added: "For blind and partially sighted people, the cost of travel can make accessing opportunities to spend time in nature more difficult, so RNIB is pleased to be working with GoBoat again to offer free one-hour boat rides in Kingston for members of the community. It's a much-needed chance to connect with others and experience a slower pace of life on the water."
Date for second £324 cost of living payment confirmed
Households could receive the second half of the cost of living payment as early as this week as the government has said it is working '’at pace' to deliver the payment to those struggling.
The £324 boost, which is part of the overall £650 package announced by former chancellor Rishi Sunak in May, is designed to help ease financial pressures for families as the cost of living crisis continues.
The two payments of £326 and £324 are paid to those who receive Universal Credit, income-based Jobseekers Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, working tax credit, child tax credit and pension credit.
Explained: How much does it cost to run a heated clothes airer?
As winter fast approaches households across the UK turning on their heated clothes airers – but the worry of energy bills will be looming.
Heated airer’s can be set up in any room and are generally a cheaper alternative to tumble dryers.
The cost of running a drier depends on the wattage - usually, the higher the wattage, the more it will cost to run.
Currently, each kWh of energy you use costs 28p if you're on a dual fuel tariff.
That means it's 8p per hour to run a 300w clothes airer (0.3kWh x £0.28).
Based on the new Energy Price Guarantee, which will come into force on October 1, running a heated airer for an hour will cost 10p.
New Energy Bill Relief Scheme aims to help businesses and charities
The Energy Bill Relief Scheme will see the UK Government provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic customers – including all UK businesses, the voluntary sector like charities and the public sector such as schools and hospitals.
This support will be equivalent to the Energy Price Guarantee put in place for households and will apply to fixed contracts agreed on or after April 1, 2022, as well as to deemed, variable and flexible tariffs and contracts.
It will apply to energy usage from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022 - running for an initial six month period for all non-domestic energy users.
Switching off your dehumidifier could save nearly £550 per year
Retired gran-of-three Melinda Gaunt, from Norwich discovered a money saving tip that could save households hundreds of pounds.
Melinda said: "We were both quite shocked at how much it was costing us.
"We have a basement room which seemed to be constantly smelling musty, so we bought a dehumidifier.
"It's been constantly running all the time for more than three years - but I just never thought of the cost of it."
As they left it running round the clock, over the year she was spending £547.50.
She now advises all those with a dehumidifier to only use it when needed - and you'll save yourself a pretty penny doing so.
Government confirms cut to National Insurance contributions
The average household will save £330 a year thanks to the tax cut.
From November 6, a 1.25% point increase to National Insurance will be scrapped – meaning millions can keep more of their hard-earned cash.
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng said: "The increase in Employer National Insurance Contributions and dividends tax will be cancelled.
"Reversing the Levy delivers a tax cut for 28 million people, worth, on average, £330 every year."
Millions of household told to take energy meter readings now
Millions of households are being advised to take gas and electricity meter readings before bills are set to rise this winter.
The new Energy Price Guarantee means the average household's yearly energy bill will rise to £2,500 from £1,971 currently.
The new cap only affects those on standard variable tariffs - but that still works out as staggering 22 million households.
However, if you take your gas and electricity meter reading before October 1 - it will reduce the risk of you being overcharged when the new cap comes into force.
Cost of living crisis destroying students social lives
Students starting or returning to university this year are faced with the worries of not only their studies – but also the cost of living crisis, meaning for many it will be a choice between food or fun.
Worried students have spoken of how they are attempting to save money by avoiding switching on the lights, as well as taking on one or two part-time jobs to support their income.
Zoe Jones, a second-year student at Cardiff University, said: "It's making that decision between eating and your social life, which is a massive part of your university experience."
Disability benefit claimants still waiting for cost of living payment
Millions of people on disability benefits are eligible for the one-off payment of £150.
The direct cash payments began on September 20, but only a handful of claimants have received their payment to date.
The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted it has only been able to send out a limited number of payments due to "operational issues".
However, it was confirmed "everyone" will be paid by the start of October, according to Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website.
A DWP spokesperson said: "We completely understand many people may be anxious because they have not yet received their £150 Disability Cost of Living payment.
"But we want to reiterate that payments will be made automatically and the vast majority of people will receive them by early October.
"While some people were paid last week, the majority of people will be paid this week. Anyone who has not been paid yet should wait until early October before querying their payment with the Department.
Explained: National Insurance
The National Insurance is a tax on your earnings, which is put into a fund to use for some state benefits.
It includes the state pension, statutory sick pay, maternity leave and unemployment benefits.
If you are a UK national, you should receive an NI number and card automatically before you turn 16.
This number allows the government to track your earnings and apply the right amount of tax.
How will the budget affect YOUR finances?
Last week the Chancellor announced a a range if new measures in a special fiscal statement.
Some of the winning measures that could increase the amount in your pocket include:
National Gallery announces 'pay what you wish' scheme
Visitors to the National Gallery will be able to pay "as much or as little as they like" on Friday evenings for the run of a Lucian Freud exhibition as part of a new scheme responding to the cost-of-living crisis, the gallery has announced.
The Pay What You Wish scheme, the first of its kind at the National Gallery, will be valid for the run of the Credit Suisse - Lucian Freud: New Perspectives exhibition, which opens on October 1, and the scheme will be for slots between 5.30pm and 9pm on Fridays.
Tickets for the exhibition can be booked in advance from September 26, online, on the phone or in person, with a minimum payment of £1 required.
The Lucian Freud: New Perspectives exhibition includes the portrait by the artist of the late Queen, with his diminutive oil portrait done after the Queen sat for him between May 2000 and December 2001.
Aldi says cost of living crisis 'worsening for millions of households'
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer for Aldi UK and Ireland, said in a statement “The cost-of-living crisis is worsening, and it’s being felt by millions of households across the UK.
It’s in times like these when our customers rely on us the most, which is why we’re focusing on continuing to deliver our longstanding price promise by offering the lowest possible prices in Britain, every single day.
“It’s also a time when Aldi comes into its own. From our carefully selected range to our smaller format stores to our trademark efficiency, we can leverage our unique approach for the benefit of all of our customers.
“Independent research shows our discount is as compelling as ever and that’s why more and more people are switching to Aldi. We will do whatever it takes to maintain our discount to the traditional full price supermarkets and keep grocery prices as low as possible for the millions of customers that shop with us.”
Aldi doubles down on promise to 'provide lowest grocery prices in UK'
Bosses at Aldi have pledged to "provide the lowest grocery prices in the UK" as they warned the cost-of-living crisis is "worsening" for millions of households.
It came as the supermarket chain saw profits slump significantly last year after the firm witnessed rising costs and invested in pricing.
The UK operation of the German discounter revealed that pre-tax profits tumbled by 86.5% to £35.7 million in 2021, compared with the previous year.
College lecturers launch dispute in row over pay
Thousands of lecturers and other staff will launch a campaign of strike action from Monday in a dispute over pay.
Around 4,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 31 colleges in England will take up to 10 days of strike action over the coming weeks.
The union said the level of industrial action being undertaken is "unprecedented" in England.
Staff will be picketing outside colleges on each morning of strike action.
The union said that since 2009 pay in further education has fallen behind inflation by 35% and the pay gap between school and college teachers stands at around £9,000.
UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: "Strike action on this scale in further education is unprecedented but our members have been left with no other option, they are being pushed into poverty by college bosses who refuse to raise pay to help them meet the cost-of-living crisis.
Millenials 'feel less in control of their finances'
MILLENIALS feel less in control of their finances than any other generation amid the cost-of-living crisis.
As Sun reporter Oliver Lewis writes, a nationwide study of 3,000 adults, 55 per cent of those born between 1981 and 1996 are struggling to stay on top of their money.
The figure is compared with 44 percent of all those surveyed.
Read more on the story here.
Pound falls to all-time low against US dollar
Sterling hit its lowest level against the dollar since decimalisation in 1971, falling by more than 4% to just 1.03 dollars in early Asia trading before it regained some ground to about 1.07 dollars early on Monday.
The euro also hit a fresh 20-year low amid recession and energy security fears ahead of what is expected to be a painful winter across Europe as the war in Ukraine shows no sign of ending.
Experts warned the pound's plunge towards parity with the dollar will send the cost of goods soaring even higher, potentially worsening the cost-of-living crisis, while it also means it will be m
Alcohol duty to be cut among latest fiscal measures
A rise in alcohol duty is among a raft of measures that were scrapped by the Chancellor in the Commons on Friday.
Kwasi Kwarteng insisted he had "listened to industry concerns" about future rises to the cost of a pint.
And in response, he said planned hikes to duty rates for beer, as well as cider, wine and spirits, "will all be cancelled".
Read more here.
New £200 bill help to launch in Wales today
Eligible Brits living in Wales will be able to apply for a one-off £200 cash payment to help pay for energy bills from today.
Named the Fuel Support Scheme, the initiative was launched by the Welsh government.
To be eligible for the payment, you must claim at least one of the following benefits.
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credits
- Child Tax Credits
- Pension Credit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Attendance Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- Contributory Benefits
- Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- War Pension Mobility Supplement
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