HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) confirmed that around 1.1 million families receiving tax credits will get their first cost-of-living payment from 2 September.

The £326 payment will be paid automatically into eligible tax credit-only customers’ bank accounts between 2 and 7 September. The second payment of £324 will be issued later this year – from the autumn for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefit claimants, and from the winter for tax credit-only customers.

Tax credit claimants who also receive benefits from the DWP will have already received their first cost-of-living payment from July.

Customers should check GOV.​UK to find out what cost-of-living support they could be eligible for.

Customers can find phone numbers, and other ways to contact HMRC about tax credits on GOV.​UK and at the link below.

Earlier this week, the government confirmed that around six million disabled people in the UK will receive a one-off £150 disability cost-of-living payment from 20 September.

Councils are encouraged to share this information in their local area.

The Local Government Association has launched a Cost of Living support hub to help councils continue to support residents and a new monthly Cost of Living bulletin, both of which highlight the latest news from the government including examples of good practice, latest reports and data and upcoming events. Councils can sign up to receive the bulletin at the link below.