Millions of people to get £324 cost of living direct payment from today

Millions of households will get a £324 cost-of-living payment directly into their bank accounts from today.

The £324 payment forms the second chunk of the £650 cost of living payment.

Around eight million households have already been paid the first part of their £650 payment – but the next payment is due.

But the next payment, worth £324, is now due and will land automatically in your account if you are eligible between November 8 and 23.

But roughly one million households claiming tax credits will need to wait until later in the month to get the second payment.

This is to avoid duplicate payments where people claim tax credits and another qualifying benefit.

Households receiving tax credits will start to receive the £324 payment from Wednesday, November 23.

Anybody receiving the following benefits is eligible for the second half of the £650 cost of living payment:

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Income Support
Working Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
Pension Credit
Universal Credit
You must have been entitled, or later found to be entitled to any of these benefits, between August 26 and September 25 this year.