Petition Make people on disability benefits eligible for the £650 one off payment.

Disabled people should be included alongside carers in the £650 one off payment as part of the Cost of Living support package. We have larger utilities bills and food costs when compared to non-disabled people. We rely on these utilities and food to stay alive.

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Without including disabled people for the full £650 entitlement, many more disabled people could die. We might have to switch off or use our equipment less which is vital for our survival. We could be unable to purchase specific food for our dietary requirements. We might be unable to be warm. This could lead to more hospitalisations and death. Most Disabled people already suffer from mental health problems and this will only increase. This could lead to more suicides and death.

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This response was given on 1 July 2022

6 million people in receipt of a qualifying disability benefit will receive a £150 payment in September. If they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, they will also receive the £650 payment.

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The Government recognises the pressures people are facing with the cost of living. That is why it is providing over £15bn in targeted support for those with the greatest need. This brings the total package of Cost-of-Living support to £37bn this year.

This includes supporting millions of low-income households, receiving means-tested benefits across the UK with a one-off Cost of Living Payment of £650, paid in two instalments. 8 million families including disabled people, in receipt of a qualifying mean-tested income replacement benefit will receive this payment.

The Government recognises that disabled people face extra costs which is why 6 million disabled people who are in receipt of a qualifying disability benefit will receive a one-off Disability Cost-of-Living Payment worth £150. Households will receive a payment for each eligible disabled person.

Many disabled people will be eligible for both the £150 Disability Cost-of-Living Payment and the £650 Cost-of-Living Payment. Disabled pensioners will also benefit from the £300 increase in Winter Fuel Payments.

Nearly 60% of carers on low incomes who are of working age and on Carer’s Allowance claim either an income-related benefit through which they will be entitled to the £650 or a qualifying disability payment meaning they are entitled to the £150 disability one off payment.

In addition to the £15 billion targeted Cost-of-Living Support, millions of families will benefit from the

• a £400 energy rebate, for all domestic energy customers to support with electricity bills under the Energy Bills Support Scheme and

• a £150 Council Tax rebate in England for those in bands A-D

The Government is also providing an additional £500 million to help households with the cost of essentials, bringing the total funding for this support to £1.5 billion. In England, £421m will be used to further extend the Household Support Fund from October 2022 to March 2023. Guidance and individual local authority indicative allocations for this further extension to the Household Support Fund will be announced in due course.

This package of support is in addition to the £1.3 billion investment announced in 2021 to help those with disabilities get into and stay in work and ongoing work on reform through the Health and Disability White Paper due to be published later this year.

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MPs question the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

On Wednesday 29 June, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee held an evidence session where they questioned the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Thérèse Coffey MP. The session focused on the cost of living and how to support those on low incomes through the social security system.

Watch the session back: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/68472b0d-7a0e-4bf7-82dd-dbf7b49f069a?in=09:49:31

Read the transcript: https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/10490/pdf/

What is the Work and Pensions Committee?

The Work and Pensions Committee examines the policies and spending of the Department for Work and Pensions, including benefits for people in and out of work, state pensions and how private pensions are regulated. It also scrutinises DWP's public bodies and other regulators. It's a cross-party committee and is independent of the Government.

Find out more on their website: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/164/work-and-pensions-committee/

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