February 2024 dates for advantages, pensions and value of dwelling funds | EUROtoday

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Inflation charges rose to 4.0 per cent final month, surprising economists who had forecast a fall and nonetheless removed from the Bank of England’s 2 per cent goal.

Paired with a freezing chilly begin to 2024, payments, meals costs and rents all stay excessive. Food and vitality payments stay above pre-pandemic ranges, in response to the Resolution Foundation, however forecasts present that we might even see each maintain regular and even start to fall later into 2024.

Research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exhibits that greater than 56 per cent of low-income households reported not having sufficient cash for both meals or heating their house final 12 months. Nearly half have been compelled to chop again on items for family members, as 73 per cent stay with out a safe revenue to afford to eat.

Here is a short overview of the state monetary help out there to low-income households this February and the dates on which advantages recipients can count on their cash to be paid out:

Benefits going out as common

The common advantages and pensions funds will likely be going out as regular in February, with no financial institution holidays scheduled to confuse supply dates. These are:

  • Universal Credit
  • State pension
  • Pension credit score
  • Disability dwelling allowance
  • Personal independence fee
  • Attendance allowance
  • Carer’s allowance
  • Employment help allowance
  • Income help
  • Jobseeker’s allowance

For extra info on how and when state advantages are paid, please go to the federal government’s web site.

Next price of dwelling fee

The last price of dwelling fee of £299 will likely be paid between February 6, 2024 and February 22, 2024. People receiving sure advantages or tax credit are eligible for the price of dwelling fee. These embrace: Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Pension cCedit, Child Tax Credit, and Working Tax Credit.

This fee follows a number of others made all through 2023:

  • £301 – First price of dwelling fee – issued between 25 April and 17 May (or 2 to 9 May for folks on tax credit however no different low-income advantages)
  • £150 – Disability fee – issued between 20 June and 4 July
  • £300 – Second price of dwelling fee – issued between 31 October and 19 November for most individuals
  • £300 – Pensioner fee – issued November 2023

If you consider you’re eligible for these funds however haven’t obtained them, it’s best to contact the DWP.

Winter and chilly climate advantages

There are three key help schemes out there to folks as chilly climate hits within the winter months:

Cold Weather Payments

A chilly snap firstly of the 12 months noticed many postcodes qualify for the Cold Weather Payment. If you reside in an space that has expertise seven or extra days of temperatures at or under zero, you’re eligible for £25 for each seven days of chilly. In Scotland, this scheme was not too long ago changed with the Winter Heating Payment.

Warm Home Discount

If you’re on a low-income and have excessive vitality prices, you may get a one-off £150 fee to assist together with your payments. You may even qualify for those who get the Guarantee Credit aspect of Pension Credit. The low cost must be utilized to yoru vitality payments between October 2023 and March 2024. The scheme works barely otherwise for Scottish candidates.

You ought to obtain a letter in January 2024 for those who is perhaps eligible. If you don’t, it’s best to contact the DWPearlier than 29 February 2024.

Winter Fuel Payment

You will mechanically qualify for this if you’re over the state pension age (66 years outdated) and dwell within the UK. The low cost grants you between £250 and £600 to assist pay your heating payments. You don’t want to use for those who at present obtain a state pension, or most different advantages. If you don’t, it’s possible you’ll want to use.

The low cost cash ought to have mechanically entered your account in October or November. If you consider you’re eligible however haven’t obtained a fee, contact the DWP for additional steering.

Energy Price Cap: Will it go up or down in 2024?

As of January 1, the Energy Price Cap is about at £1928up from £1834 on the finish of 2023. Analysts on the trusted Cornwall Insight predict this determine will fall in April to £1,660, and once more in July to £1,590, earlier than rising once more to £1,639.97 within the last months of 2024.

The vitality worth cap is the utmost quantity vitality suppliers can cost you for every unit of vitality for those who’re on a normal variable tariff. That contains most households.

The latest decline in costs is reflective of latest drops in wholesale vitality prices – the quantity vitality companies pay for his or her electrical energy and fuel earlier than supplying it to households. Although it’s a vital slide from the record-high charges of the final two years, the determine stays virtually £1,000 a 12 months above pre-pandemic ranges.

JRF senior economist Rachelle Earwaker says: “Anyone who needs to use their heating to stave off freezing temperatures this week [January 17] can expect to pay over 80% more than what they did three years ago.

“Price rises have outstripped increases in benefits which won’t increase again until April, and, even then, won’t make up the difference.”

Are advantages and pensions going up in 2024?

Benefits and state pension are set to extend in April 2024.

In his autumn assertion, Jeremy Hunt that advantages are going to be elevated by the September price of inflation of 6.7 per cent. He additionally introduced that state pensions will likely be elevated by 8.5 per cent across the identical time.

However, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has warned that failure to boost the advantages cap will push extra folks past its threshold, that means a real-terms reduce for a lot of.

Have you been affected by the inflation improve or have a narrative to share about your expertise throughout the price of dwelling disaster? Get in contact through electronic mail: albert.toth@unbiased.co.uk