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Calculating how much Universal Credit (UC) you can get for mental health can be complicated, as it's determined by the income and circumstances of your entire household.

In this guide, we explain the Universal Credit allowances and elements that determine how much Universal Credit you can get paid monthly.

How to calculate how much Universal Credit I will get?

Calculating your Universal Credit amount can be done by following these five steps:

  • Calculate your Universal Credit standard allowance.
  • Add the Universal Credit elements you're entitled to - such as childcare or housing cost.
  • Make reductions based on your income, savings and capital.
  • Take away any further sanctions or reductions.
  • Check the amount is not above the Benefit Cap.

Your Universal Credit payment can change monthly if your income changes regularly, or if your circumstances change.

Each Universal Credit element has an assessment period, which is one month. At the end of each assessment period, the DWP will calculate your Universal Credit for that month.

1: Universal Credit standard allowance rate

The standard allowance is the basic amount of Universal Credit benefit you will receive per month - your age determines it and if you live on your own or with a partner.

If you live with a partner, you'll have a joint claim and get one shared payment. The table below shows the Universal Credit standard allowance rate:

Once you turn 25, you will automatically receive the increased Universal Credit standard allowance rate.

You should inform the DWP if you move in with or separate from a partner, as this will affect your Universal Credit. Learn more about telling the DWP of changes that affect your Universal Credit.

2: Universal Credit elements

You can claim additional extra benefits to top up your Universal Credit standard allowance called Universal Credit elements. You may be entitled to more than one of the following:

  • Child element
  • Childcare costs element
  • Housing cost element
  • Limited capability for work element (LCW)
  • Limited capability for work-related activity element (LCWRA element)
  • Carer element

The same person cannot get a LCW or LCWRA element as well as a Carer element even if they are eligible for both.

What is the child element for Universal Credit?

The child element of Universal Credit will be available to you if you're responsible for a child who lives with you.

Universal Credit child element exemptions

You will receive an additional amount for a second child, and for any other child born before 6 April 2017. You won't receive any extra money for a third child born on or after this date - unless one of the following exemption applies:

  • You have a multiple birth - if you have other children born before 6 April 2017, you won't get a payment for the first child in a multiple birth.
  • Your third or later child is disabled - to qualify they must be receiving DLA or PIP .
  • You have a child from rape or a controlling relationship.
  • You're responsible for a child under 16 who has a child, and they both live with you.
  • You've adopted a child from the UK
  • You're caring for someone else's child

We would recommend you speak to a welfare benefits advisor who can help you further with your application.

Universal Credit disabled child addition

If any of your children live with a disability and receive either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment you will receive a higher amount - irrespective of how many children you have - and you won't be affected by the benefit cap.

You will receive the disabled child element if your child is entitled to either:

  • DLA without the highest rate of the care component.
  • PIP without the enhanced rate of the daily living component.

You will receive the severely disabled child element if your child is entitled to either:

  • DLA with the highest rate of the care component.
  • PIP with the enhanced rate of the daily living component.
  • Or is registered blind

Universal Credit child element rates

The table below shows the Universal Credit child element rates:

What is the childcare costs element for Universal Credit?

If you are working, you can get up to 85% of your childcare costs as part of your monthly Universal Credit payment:

  • Maximum of £646.35 for one child, or
  • Maximum of £1108.04 for two or more children

The following rules apply for the Universal Credit childcare costs element:

  • The childcare costs must be for a child under 16-years-old, or before 1 September following their 16th birthday.
  • The childcare must help you to start working or stay working.
  • You must have a paid job or be about to start a paid career before the start of the next UC assessment period.
  • If you are a couple, your partner must also be:
  • In paid work or have a limited capability for work, or
  • Be a full-time carer or be away from your home for a short time, or
  • Is temporarily absent, for example in prison, hospital or residential care.
  • You will only get help with childcare from a registered childminder, school or local authority on school premises out of school hours.

You cannot claim this element to pay family or friends to mind your child unless they are registered.

Reporting your childcare costs to the DWP

To receive your monthly childcare costs element, you must show evidence to the DWP of what childcare you have paid.

To report your childcare costs monthly:

  • Give the DWP your childcare providers registration number and contact details.
  • Show proof of the amount of money you paid to the childcare provider and when you paid it, e.g. a bank statement or receipt
  • Report the charges on your online account before the day you get your next Universal Credit payment.

If you report your childcare costs late, you will need to inform the Jobcentre why you couldn't report them on time. They will then pay you if they think this reason is valid.

Universal Credit housing cost element

The housing costs element of Universal Credit is available for people who are responsible for the rent or mortgage payments of their home. It may contribute towards or cover all of your rent, mortgage or service charge.

UC housing cost element & rent

The Universal Credit housing costs element replaces Housing Benefit for people who pay rent.

UC housing cost element & mortgage payments

Help with mortgage payments is provided as a loan - the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme . You will only get help with mortgage payments if you have been claiming Universal Credit for three months or more, with no breaks or earned income.

Earned income includes:

  • Money from paid work
  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • Tax rebates

Other information on the housing cost element

The Universal Credit housing cost element will also help people who pay service charges for repairs to public areas in a housing association or council house

Universal Credit does not include Council Tax Support, so if you are responsible for paying council tax, you will need to claim council tax support from your council .

Can I get the housing cost element?

To be eligible for the housing costs element of Universal Credit, you need to:

  • Reside in Great Britain
  • Pay the housing costs for your home

The amount you can get will depend on the area that you live in, the size of your household, standard interest rates, and if you're a private or social tenant.

Universal housing element for private tenants

If you're a private tenant, the housing costs element amount is determined on the following:

  • Your Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate .
  • Your income.
  • How many people you live with?
  • How big the property is?

If you are single and under 35, you will only get enough to rent a room in a shared house.

You may be able to get more help if you get regular overnight care from a carer who needs his or her own room and:

  • The care component of DLA at the middle or highest rate,
  • Attendance Allowance, or
  • The daily living component of PIP at any rate .

Universal housing element for social housing tenants

If you don't earn any money apart from benefits, you can get help with your rent. Universal Credit will usually cover the whole of your rent if you live in social housing, which is a council or housing association property, but you may have to pay towards your rent if:

You have other income or savings,

  • The local authority thinks you have more bedrooms than you need,
  • Part of your rent pays for bills or services, such as electricity, meals or laundry services, or
  • You have an adult child, friend or relative living with you. They will need to pay towards the rent.

If you're a social housing tenant, the housing costs element is based on your eligible rent - the number of bedrooms you need.

You're allowed one bedroom for the following circumstances:

  • Each adult couple
  • Each person over 16
  • Two children of the same sex under 16 should share a room
  • Boys and girls under ten should share a room, although if one of your children is disabled and your children need their own room, they may be allowed their own room.
  • Any other child
  • An overnight carer who doesn't normally live with you.

Your housing costs element will be reduced by £75.53 per month for each non-dependent adult that lives with you. This will not apply if the person that lives with you:

  • Is under 21 years old.
  • Receives pension credit.
  • Could, or does, get the middle or high rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
  • Could, or does, get the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) .
  • Could, or does, get Attendance Allowance.
  • Receives Carer's Allowance , or
  • Is responsible for a child under five years old.

You are also allowed one extra bedroom if you cannot share a room with your partner because one of you has a disability. To get this, one of you must be claiming:

  • Attendance allowance at the higher rate,
  • The care component of DLA at the middle or higher rate, or
  • The daily living component of PIP, or
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment.

You also have to prove to the local authority that you cannot share a room

If you have more bedrooms than the rules say you need, the DWP consider you to be under-occupying. If this happens, you will get less housing costs element.

If you have more bedrooms than is required, your eligible benefit will be reduced by:

  • 14% for one spare bedroom
  • 25% for two or more spare bedrooms.

Universal housing cost element if you have a mortgage - more information

If you live in a house or flat with a mortgage and are not earning any money, you may be able to get a loan from the DWP to help you pay your mortgage costs. The loan is secured on your house, the same way a mortgage is.

Universal Credit will help with the interest part of a mortgage up to the value of £200,000, for the loan. It will not help to pay back the amount you borrowed, and the amount you get is based on the Bank of England's standard interest rate.

You can find out how much the rate is at any time by checking the Support for Mortgage Interest rate here.

You will have to wait nine months from the time you claim until you get your first payment and you will not get any help with your mortgage during this period.

If you have a repayment mortgage, you may have to find another way to top up the mortgage payments; you can ask your lender to switch to an interest-only mortgage.

You have to repay the loan if you sell your house. You can also choose to start paying off the loan if you start working.

Universal Credit housing element for supported housing?

You may live in supported housing, which is when you get care and support as part of your accommodation. Different organisations can arrange this, including:

  • The council,
  • A housing association,
  • A registered charity, or
  • Voluntary organisation.

If you live in supported accommodation, you will need to claim housing benefit . You will not get your housing costs paid through Universal Credit.

The rules around supported housing and supported 'exempt' accommodation are complicated, so if you need advice on supported 'exempt' accommodation, you should contact a specialist housing adviser.

You will continue to get Universal Credit, but you'll get a separate Housing Benefit payment rather than the Universal Credit housing element.

Limited capability for work Universal Credit element

The Limited capability for work (LCW) is for people who are too unwell to work at the time of your Universal Credit assessment. You will have to do work training and work-related activities to help prepare you for work.

The government has made changes to limited capability for work element (LCW). If you claim after 3 April 2017, you will not get an extra payment for getting the LCW element and payments will continue at the rate as the standard allowance.

However, If you have claimed before 3 April 2017 and the DWP have already said you have LCW you will continue to receive an extra £132.89 each month.

Limited capability for work and work-related activity Universal Credit element

The Limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA) is for anyone who is too unwell for work and does not have to do work-related activities.

Most people will not get the LCWRA elements until the three-monthly assessment phase has ended. If you have a terminal illness, you will get the LCWRA element at the start of your Universal Credit application.

If you are eligible for LCWRA, you'll get an extra £354.28 a month, and the DWP won't set a maximum amount - called the Benefit Cap - for what you can get in benefits.

Universal Credit carer element

The Universal Credit carer element is for people who provide full-time care for someone with a physical or mental health disability.

To qualify for the Universal Credit carer element of £168.81 a month you must care for the person for 35 hours or more a week and the person you care for must also be getting:

  • Attendance Allowance , or
  • Personal Independence Payment , standard or enhanced daily living component, or
  • Disability Living Allowance , high or middle rate care component.

Can I claim the carer element for Universal Credit if I get Carer's Allowance?

You can claim the carer element for Universal Credit if you get Carer's Allowance or not.

I am a professional carer and get paid a salary for this. Can I still claim the carer element of Universal Credit?

If you are a professional carer, you can still claim the carer element for UC. However, as UC is a means-tested benefit, your earnings and other income will affect how much UC you are entitled to. You may not get the carer element because of this.

Joint claim as a carer

If you are making a joint claim as a couple and both of you care for two or more different people, you could both get an additional carer element.

Unless you have a joint Universal Credit claim, you won't be able to claim the LCW or LCWRA and the carer element – you'll get whichever is higher.

If you have a joint Universal Credit claim, you can get both the LCW or LCWRA element and the carer element but only if you're eligible for one and your partner is eligible for the other. You should speak to a Welfare and Benefits advisor if you are unsure about what to claim as a couple.

3: Make reductions based on your income, savings and capital

The next stage for working out how much Universal Credit you can get is to make reductions based on your income, savings and capital.

How your work earnings determine how much Universal Credit you can get

You can still claim Universal Credit if you work, but how much you earn may reduce the amount you receive. Your Universal Credit payment will go down by 55p for every £1 on all of your earnings.

You may pay tax using Pay As You Earn (PAYE); in this case, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) how much you earn.

Universal Credit work allowance

You may qualify for a work allowance which allows you to earn money before your Universal Credit is affected. You can be eligible for a work allowance if:

  • You're in paid work and responsible for a dependent child,
  • You have limited capability for work because of a physical or mental health illness.

The amount of your work allowance depends on whether you also get the Universal Credit housing element

Your Universal Credit payment will go down by 55p for every £1 that you earn above your work allowance.

Claiming Universal Credit when self-employed

There are different rules for earnings if you're self-employed. You must tell the DWP how much you earn every month.

You may earn different amounts every week or month, and in which case, the DWP will assess your income by saying you will make at least a certain amount every month.

This is called the minimum income floor. It's calculated at the national minimum wage, based on a 35-hour week, with an amount taken away for tax and National Insurance.

If you are setting up a new business, the DWP will use your actual earnings in the first 12 months to help you increase your income, rather then using the minimum income floor. Find out more when applying for Universal Credit when you are self-employed .

Changes to Universal Credit for self-employed people due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Before 31 st July 2021, the DWP temporarily suspended many of their self-employment checks for Universal Credit claimants who are self-employed. Since 31 st July 2021, the standard checks have restarted.

However, if you were in a start-up period on 13 th March 2020, your start-up period should have been extended. You should contact the DWP office handling your claim if you think this did not happen.

How your savings and capital affect how much Universal Credit you can get

Capital means how much your assets, shares or investments are worth – the DWP will not count your home and business as assets. It doesn't include:

  • Personal possessions
  • Business assets

Savings means the money you have in your bank, building society or post office accounts, cash and ISAs.

How much your capital and savings are worth may affect the amount of Universal Credit (UC) you get:

  • If you have capital and savings below £6,000, your Universal Credit will not usually be changed.
  • If you have capital and savings above £16,000, you will not get any Universal Credit.
  • If you have capital and savings between £6,000 and £16,000, you can still get Universal Credit, but you will get £4.35 less for every £250 you have over £6,000 in savings and capital.

Taking off benefits

Disability Living Allowance , Personal Independence Payment and Child benefit do not affect your Universal Credit, but the following benefits will be taken off by the same amount:

  • Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance .
  • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance .
  • Carer's Allowance .
  • Bereavement and widow's payments .
  • Maternity Allowance .
  • Industrial Injuries Benefit .
  • Money from an ex-husband or wife, unless it is child maintenance.

What happens if my income, capital and savings reduce my payment past the threshold?

If your income, capital and savings reduce your Universal Credit to £0 you will no longer be able to claim Universal Credit - the DWP will inform you if this happens.

You will need to make a new Universal Claim in the future. If your circumstances change and you are therefore eligible for Universal Credit. You can do this by signing into your Universal Credit account.

4: Subtract any sanctions or other reductions

The DWP may reduce your Universal Credit payment for any sanctions or additional reductions. This can include:

  • Any money paid for a Universal Credit advanced payment .
  • Any money you were given as a budgeting advance.
  • Universal Credit sanction .
  • Overpayments.
  • Child maintenance payment.
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How the Bill Passed by Congress on March 11 affects regular Pennsylvania UC

The president signed american rescue plan on march 11, 2021., here’s how it affects regular state uc benefits:.

The federal government has provided an extension of regular UC benefits through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program.  Under the new law, PEUC is now available through the week ending September 4, 2021. 

What do I need to do to get PEUC?

Continue filing your biweekly certifications. If you are on PEUC already, the new funds will be automatically added to your account.  

If you exhaust your UC benefits, the state will automatically build you a claim for the PEUC benefits.  You do not need to submit a separate application.

If you are on state Extended Benefits (EB), then you must exhaust EB, by filing using the “File an EB claim” button, before you automatically move back onto PEUC. Once you have exhausted EB, go back to filing normal unemployment biweekly claims.  You will automatically be moved to PEUC. You do not need to apply.  

Will I still get the $300 extra each week?

Yes, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) program will continue to provide an extra $300 per week until the week ending September 4, 2021. All you need to do is continue filing your biweekly certifications to receive these extra benefits. In the UC program, PUC benefits are paid the week after you receive your normal UC benefits.  

What do I do if my UC claim year has ended or is ending soon?

Many workers filed their initial UC applications in March 2020 and are about to hit the end of their claim year.

I have worked since March 2020:

If you have worked since you filed your initial application in 2020 and your claim year has ended, then you should file a new application for UC benefits.  If you have earned at least 6 x your current weekly benefit rate, then you may qualify for a new claim.  If you qualify for a new claim, you will be able to collect weeks based on the new claim. If you are not eligible for a new claim, you can continue to collect benefits on the PEUC extension even after your claim year has ended.

Either way, just keep filing your biweekly claims.

I have not worked since March 2020:

If your claim year has ended and you have not worked since you initially filed, you should continue filing your biweekly claims.  You can continue on the extension even after your claim year has ended.

What if my benefit rate on my new claim is lower than what I am getting now?

If you are eligible for a new claim, but your new weekly benefit rate is $25 less than your weekly benefit rate, the government will move you back onto PEUC until you exhaust those benefits at the higher rate. You will then have access to your new claim after PEUC has ended. 

Do my UC benefits count as taxable income for 2020?

Yes, you do have to report your UC benefits as earned income when you file taxes. You will get a 1099-G form in the mail that lists your income from UC, PEUC, PUC, and/or the Lost Wage Assistance program from the end of the summer (the previous extra $300 per week).  Now, under the American Rescue Plan, the federal government will forgive income taxes on up to $10,200 in benefits per person, as long as your gross income was less than $150,000.  That means if you and a spouse both collected unemployment benefits, the government will forgive taxes on up to $20,400.

Philadelphia residents can have their taxes filed for free through the Campaign for Working Families. Visit their website here.

What if I’ve already filed my taxes?

You can find an amended return to claim the $10,200 exemption, but we recommend waiting until the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gives more guidance on what to do if you’ve already filed your taxes and need to amend your return. We recommend reaching out to a free tax site for help with your taxes through the Campaign for Working Families here.

Should I wait to file my taxes?

We recommend waiting to file your taxes until after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued more guidance about how to get the tax forgiveness for up to $10,200 in unemployment benefits when filing your taxes.

Where can I find more information on regular Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?

For current and accurate information about Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, check out  UCHelp.org . This is a new online resource for Pennsylvania workers created by Philadelphia Legal Assistance. 

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Extended unemployment benefits are additional weeks of unemployment compensation that are available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment.

Key Takeaways

  • Many employees find that they're still out of work when their unemployment benefits expire, so the federal government will step in to extend their benefits during times of high unemployment.
  • These extended benefits tend to go to states with the highest unemployment rates.
  • Extended unemployment can last from an additional seven to 20 weeks, depending on your state.
  • Your state's unemployment office should notify you if you're eligible for extended benefits, or you can check your state office's website for information.

In times of high unemployment, the federal government provides funds to states to extend their unemployment insurance programs for additional weeks of benefits beyond what each state normally offers.

If you've exhausted your unemployment benefits or you're worried about your benefits running out, there may be extended benefits funded by the federal government that will provide unemployment compensation beyond the maximum number of weeks provided by your state.

Extended benefits are additional weeks of unemployment compensation that are available to eligible workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. The basic Extended Benefits (EB) program provides up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment compensation when a state is experiencing high unemployment.

In some states, there may be an additional seven additional weeks (20 weeks maximum) of extended benefits during periods of extremely high unemployment.

The federal government may provide additional benefits to people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits. There are additional weeks of federally funded Extended Benefits (EB) in states with high unemployment rates.

Unemployed workers are eligible for up to 13 or 20 weeks of additional unemployment benefits, depending on state laws, and the unemployment rate.

These benefits are paid through the state unemployment departments, and eligibility would start when all other benefits are exhausted. Your state unemployment office should notify you if you're eligible.

Check with your state's unemployment office for information on eligibility requirements and the availability of extended benefits in your location. You can find a directory of offices on the Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop  Unemployment Benefits Finder .

How you'll collect extended benefits will vary based on your state. In some states, you won’t need to do anything. You'll automatically be paid for the additional weeks. You may have to apply in other states.

  • If you're currently collecting unemployment benefits: Benefits are provided through the state unemployment offices, and information on eligibility will be posted online. You'll be advised on how to collect when your regular unemployment benefits end if you're eligible.  
  • If you've exhausted unemployment benefits: Long-term unemployed workers who have already exhausted state unemployment benefits may also be eligible for additional weeks of benefits. Check with your state unemployment website for eligibility criteria in your location.

How Much Extended Benefits You'll Receive

You'll receive the same amount that you received for regular unemployment compensation if you're eligible for extended unemployment benefits. The number of weeks you'll receive depends on your state unemployment rate and it may vary.

How do I qualify for an unemployment extension?

You won't be eligible for an extension until your regular benefits run out, but your state's unemployment office should advise you as to what you should do to apply as this deadline draws near. You can also check your state's website for its own qualifying rules.

How long can you collect unemployment?

Workers in most states are eligible for 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits , although nine states provide less than 26 weeks and two provide more, as of August 2022. Florida and North Carolina provide only 12. Extended benefits for an additional seven to 20 weeks can kick in when these time periods end.

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DC SNAP recipients begin receiving extra temporary benefits in their accounts

W ASHINGTON ( DC News Now ) — SNAP recipients in the District saw extra benefits loaded on their EBT cards this weekend — all part of the temporary SNAP benefit increase.

D.C.’s Department of Human Services started loading the increased snap benefits for January and February on the cards of snap recipients starting last week.

The increase is the local temporary benefit that’s sometimes referred to as “Give Snap A Raise.”

The temporary benefit gives everyone who gets snap in D.C. a temporary increase of up to 10% of their household’s federal maximum and that’s on top of what they already receive, according to DHS.

Here’s a breakdown from the department of human services of how much temporary snap benefit recipients will receive based on household number.

The Department of Human Services says from March through September, SNAP recipients can expect the temporary benefit to be combined with the regular SNAP benefit and loaded on EBT cards between the 1st and 10th of the month.

The temporary benefit will be available until September 30.

In October all households go back to their normal snap allotment. DHS said it will send notices in august to remind recipients.

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DC SNAP recipients begin receiving extra temporary benefits in their accounts

With food stamp cuts just days away, millions of Americans brace for tougher times in the grocery aisle

When pandemic aid that has boosted food-stamp benefits gets cut next week, millions of low-income Americans will confront smaller balances in the accounts they use to pay for groceries, leaving food banks bracing for a spike in demand.

As of March 1, the emergency allotment for individuals and households enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will end in 32 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

That means recipient households will see their monthly grocery allocations reduced by at least $95 , according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning research and policy think tank. In daily terms, that equates to trimming the roughly $9 per-person average to about $6.10. And the change comes when food prices in January increased 10% over the same month last year.

Charles Jones, a 63-year-old U.S. military veteran based in Rockford, Illinois, received an enhanced monthly SNAP benefit of $281 under the temporary program. After it ends next week, his payments will plummet to $23 — the minimum monthly amount .

“When they cut this extra benefit from SNAP, that’s going to put me in a serious problem,” he said.

Jones said his pandemic-era SNAP payments helped him move out of a homeless shelter and into a $650-a-month studio apartment earlier this month. He said he’s concerned that when his allotment is slashed — likely because he also receives Social Security disability insurance payments — his rent and utilities will consume all of his income, jeopardizing his new shot at stability.

“It helped me out a lot,” said Jones, who also relies on boxed pantry deliveries but said he often can’t eat much of their contents because of a heart condition. “You know how the government is. They want to keep the rich, rich and the poor, poor.”

Stacy Dean, deputy under secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the SNAP program, acknowledged that the emergency benefits had proved “powerful” for recipients.

“That can’t be underscored enough in the difference it’s made in mitigating increases in hunger and addressing economic hardship and poverty,” Dean said. She added that while the program’s expiration “will be very difficult,” the extra aid it delivered “was always designed to be temporary.”

More than 42.3 million people participated in SNAP as of October, the latest period for which federal data was available . Participation hadn’t previously surpassed that level since the summer of 2020. The program’s total cost for fiscal 2021 was $113.68 billion, according to the Congressional Research Service . That included nine months of a 15% increase to the maximum benefit as part of the emergency allotments.

Research by the Urban Institute, a Washington-based nonpartisn think tank for economic and social policy, found that the enhanced SNAP benefits kept 4.2 million people above the poverty line in the final quarter of 2021, lowering overall poverty by 10% and child poverty by 14%. The study also found that the emergency program helped reduce poverty rates most steeply among Black and Latino recipients.

Illinois is one of 32 states that had allowed the enhanced SNAP benefits to extend to the federal March 1 deadline. But many others — including Florida, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi — had already chosen to end the emergency allotment, in some cases as early as 2021.

Food banks in those areas say they’ve seen sharply higher demand since SNAP benefits were reduced, and relief organizations in the remaining states are now scrambling to strategize.

“We saw what happened in the other states, where they ended so early,” said Laura Lester, chief executive of the Feeding Alabama food bank network, which serves a state where the extra aid ends next week.

In Georgia, which ended its enhanced benefits last May, the Atlanta Community Food Bank told NBC News earlier this month that visits had increased 34% through December. Wholesome Wave Georgia, a nonprofit group that administers a program that matches SNAP dollars spent on local produce, said the total number of families it has served since the emergency allotment expired was already approaching its typical annual figures, though the group didn’t attribute its recent demand solely to SNAP changes.

“We are currently preparing ourselves for that,” Lester said.

In part to counter the emergency benefit expiration, the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama has boosted its annual budget to $10 million from $8.9 million last year, it said. The organization said it spent more than $5 million last year purchasing food to donate, up from $3.2 million in 2021.

Operations officials at the Food Bank of North Alabama said they recently ordered twice the amount of food they typically buy this time of year. The food bank also said donations that might typically require too many personnel to bag and deliver — a huge bin of sweet potatoes, for example — are now embraced. It is also planning a large mobile pantry for the first week of April, aimed to coincide with the depletion of residents’ last enhanced benefit payment.

In October, the USDA issued a 12.5% cost-of-living adjustment to the maximum SNAP benefit, but the full impact on recipients’ finances in a period of high inflation remains unclear. Another adjustment is expected in the fall . In 2021, the USDA also undertook a top-to-bottom re-evaluation of Americans’ dietary needs and food costs, and increased the maximum SNAP benefits by 21%.

Still, some advocates and economists warn that the finances of many low-income Americans are in perilous shape even as the country moves beyond the pandemic. Indeed, the USDA’s estimate for the cost of a “thrifty” balanced monthly meal plan for a family of four with grade-school-age children has increased by around 50% since before the pandemic, from about $654 in January 2020 to $978 in January 2023.

The expiration or lack of availability of this benefit really couldn’t occur at a less opportune time.

— Bankrate chief economic analyst mark hamrick

“SNAP is our most effective tool at fighting hunger,” said Dottie Rosenbaum, a senior fellow who studies the program at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “Now that this temporary boost is coming to an end in all states, families who are already struggling to afford the rising cost of food and other expenses are going to feel a big impact.”

In a recent survey Bankrate published Thursday , 39% of U.S. adults reported having less savings than last year, and 10% who had no emergency savings last year still have none this year.

As financial buffers dwindle, the SNAP enhancements have provided a crucial, if partial, cushion for many Americans, said Mark Hamrick, chief economic analyst at Bankrate. Cutting them now “is removing a social safety net component that is going to cause some people to face food insecurity,” he said. “The expiration or lack of availability of this benefit really couldn’t occur at a less opportune time.”

J.J. McCorvey is a business and innovation reporter for NBC News.

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What Was Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)?

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) was an emergency program designed to help Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by extending the number of weeks the unemployed could collect benefits. It was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act , a $2 trillion coronavirus emergency stimulus package signed into law by former President Trump on March 27, 2020.

After a series of extensions, the program expired on September 6, 2021. In total, an additional 40 weeks were added to the original 13 weeks of extended benefits.

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  • The CARES Act established the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to help workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • PEUC extended the number of weeks the unemployed could collect benefits.
  • After several extensions, PEUC extended unemployment insurance by up to 53 weeks.
  • The PEUC program ended on Sept. 6, 2021.

Understanding Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

The CARES Act established the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to allow people who had exhausted their unemployment compensation benefits to receive up to 13 additional weeks of benefits, provided they were "able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work."

Benefits under the PEUC program were due to expire on Dec. 31, 2020 but were extended to March 14, 2021, and the number of weeks that an individual could claim PEUC benefits was increased from 13 to 24 by the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 further extended the PEUC 29 weeks for up to 53 weeks through Sept. 6, 2021.

States were required to offer flexibility to applicants in meeting PEUC eligibility requirements related to "actively seeking work" if an applicant's ability to find work was affected by COVID-19. Individual states offered guidance on reporting requirements. Some states, for example, allowed you to answer "Yes" to the question: "Did you look for work?" if you filed due to COVID-19 and didn't actually look for work.

3.8 million

The number of people who lost PEUC benefits when the program expired on Labor Day weekend in September 2021.

Unemployment Programs Created By the Cares Act

In addition to the PEUC program, the CARES Act extended unemployment benefits through two other initiatives: the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Both programs also expired on Sept. 6, 2021.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was a program that temporarily expanded unemployment benefits eligibility to self-employed workers , freelancers, independent contractors , gig workers, and part-time workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021. PUA was designed for workers who were not typically eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. The program was extended, most recently by the American Rescue Plan, and expired on Sept. 6, 2021. It had originally been set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

Those eligible for PUA had to provide self-certification that they were able and available to work and were unemployed, partially employed, or unable or unavailable to work due to a situation related to COVID-19.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program provided an additional $600 weekly to unemployment benefits, but the benefit expired on July 31, 2020. However, in late December 2020, FPUC was modified and extended as part of the CAA and later by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide an additional $300 per week in benefits. The funds were available for any weeks of unemployment beginning after Dec. 26, 2020, and ending on or before Sept. 6, 2021.

The reauthorization meant that an extra $300 per week would automatically be added to unemployment benefits. However, the new FPUC additional benefit was not payable during the gap from July 31, 2020, to Dec. 26, 2020. In other words, the $600 in extra money that was added to unemployment benefits ended on July 31, 2020, and the $300 didn't kick in until after Dec. 26, 2020.

Sources: H.R. 748, U.S. Department of Labor, H.R. 1319

Income Tax Relief Under the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provided additional relief to middle- and lower-income taxpayers by waiving federal income taxes on the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits received in 2020. This relief applied to benefits received through both state and federal unemployment programs for individuals or couples with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of $150,000 or less in 2020.

States could choose to conform to the federal exemption or require that all taxes be paid. Several states did not conform to the federal exemption, but they already had laws that provide either full or partial unemployment compensation tax breaks.

As of January 2022, no federal income tax break for unemployment earnings has been announced for the 2021 tax year.

States were allowed considerable flexibility to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in several COVID-19-related situations. They could choose to pay benefits, for example, when:

  • An employer temporarily closed due to COVID-19, preventing employees from going to work
  • A person was quarantined and anticipated going back to work after the quarantine was over
  • A person stopped working due to a risk of COVID-19 exposure or infection, to care for a family member, or to home-school their children

Who Was Eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)?

Anyone who had exhausted their regular unemployment compensation benefits was eligible to receive additional weeks of benefits through the PEUC program. Eligibility also required that you actively look for work unless you were unable to because of COVID-19.

What’s the Difference Between PEUC and FPUC?

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program extended benefits by up to 53 weeks after regular unemployment compensation benefits were exhausted. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program provided additional unemployment benefits—$600 weekly until July 31, 2020 and $300 a week from Dec. 26, 2020 until Sept. 6, 2021.

Will There Be An Unemployment Income Tax Break in 2021?

If you received unemployment in 2020, $10,200 of unemployment compensation ($20,400 for married couples filing jointly) was tax-free at the federal level for anyone earning less than $150,000. As of January 2022, no such tax break has been announced for the 2021 tax year.

In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which forced businesses to close and workers to stay home, governments around the world implemented emergency measures and financial stimulus in order to blunt the economic impact. In the U.S., Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) was authorized under the CARES Act, extending unemployment benefits by up to 53 weeks after regular unemployment ran out. The program, which began in Mar 2020, was well-utilized but expired in September of 2021.

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Universal Credit and benefit payments set to rise in 2024 – how much more could you get?

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MILLIONS of households on Universal Credit and other benefits are set to get a bumper payment rise next year.

Benefits payments generally rise every April in order to keep up with the cost of things like food and household  bills .

Millions of households on Universal Credit and other benefits are set to get a payment rise next year

The process is known as "uprating" and tends to see payments go up by the previous September's inflation rate.

Fresh figures released today show that stubborn inflation stuck at 6.7% in September.

Inflation  is a measure of how the  price  of goods and services has changed over the past year.

Easing food and drink price rises were offset by higher petrol and diesel prices for motorists.

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It's expected that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will confirm how much benefits will be uprated by in November.

For example in April this year benefits were hiked by 10.1% , in line with last September's inflation rate.

This was then confirmed during the Autumn Statement .

It means that in April we could see benefits rise by 6.7%.

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Exact date within weeks millions on Universal Credit & benefits will get a pay rise

Exact date within weeks millions on Universal Credit & benefits will get a pay rise

Uprating ensures that payments can keep up with the cost of living like food, clothes and fuel.

How much will Universal Credit and other benefits rise in 2024?

If the uprating does go ahead at 6.7% it'll mean an increase for those on Universal Credit (UC) as well as other benefits.

The current standard allowance for single UC claimants under the age of 25 is £292.11 a month, if it were to go up by 6.7% it would be £311.68 - an increase of £19.57.

The standard allowance for single claimants over the age of 25 is £368.74 a month.

If benefits are hiked by 6.7%, payments would increase by £24.71 a month to £393.45.

If you live with your partner and you’re both under 25, your monthly payment will increase from £458.51 to £489.23 - a rise of £30.72.

If you live with your partner and either of you are 25 or over, you could see a rise of £38.78 from £578.82 to £617.60 a month.

The following benefits are also legally required to rise with the previous September's rate of inflation each April:

  • Personal independence payment  (PIP)
  • Disability living allowance
  • Attendance allowance
  • Incapacity benefit
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • Industrial injuries benefit
  • Carer's allowance
  • Additional state pension
  • Guardian's allowance

But it's important to remember the government could decide to increase benefit rates by a different amount.

Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "There is no comfort for struggling families in the news that inflation is unchanged – and still the Government hasn’t said that it will safeguard benefits and ensure they rise at least with inflation.

"Ministers must stop the worry and commit to uprating benefits at least in line with inflation."

A DWP spokesperson told The Sun: "We increased benefits by over 10% this year in order to protect the most vulnerable from the impact of high inflation.

"As is the usual process, the Secretary of State will conduct his statutory annual review of benefits and State Pensions using the most recent data available."

The exact amount more you get will also depend on exactly how much your benefit payments are each month, as there are also extra amounts if you have children or caring responsibilities.

The state pension is also set to rise in April, but under the triple lock system these payments are expected to go up by 8.5% instead.

That's because the  triple lock  sees state pension  rise in line with whatever is highest out of: wages for May to July, 2.5% or September's inflation figures.

Growth in  employees' average total pay was 8.5%  in the three months to July.

That means that wages are higher this year than September's inflation rate.

How to get help now

If you're struggling with rising costs and bills now there is help available to you.

For example, you could be entitled to cost of living payments of up to £1,350.

This year and into 2024 the government is handing out cash to millions of people.

Individually the  payments are worth £900, £300 and £150 .

Some people may be eligible for all three which means a total of £1,350.

The £900 Cost of Living payment has been split into three instalments worth £301, £300 and £299.

The second instalment of £300 is being dished out from October 31.

A separate £300  pensioner CoL payment  will follow from November, but an exact date is yet to be announced.

Plus the £150  Warm Home Discount  is being applied from now until March 31 next year.

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And you can also get help from your local council as part of the Household Support Fund.

For example, eligible households can get up to £350 free if they live in Tandridge, in east Surrey.

Do you have a money problem that needs sorting? Get in touch by emailing  [email protected] .

You can also join our new Sun Money Facebook group to share stories and tips and engage with the consumer team and other group members.

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Universal Credit is a means-tested benefit for people of working-age who are on a low income.

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All of these elements are means tested. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) adds up all the elements you are entitled to. This is called your maximum amount of Universal Credit.  After that,  your income is taken away from your maximum amount to work out the amount of Universal Credit you are entitled to. No element is protected from deductions. 

Carer's Element

This element is £185.86 per month.

You can get this element if you are providing care for at least 35 hours per week for someone who gets

  • Attendance Allowance, or
  • The highest or middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance or Child Disability Payment, or
  • Daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, or
  • Armed Forces Independences Payment, or
  • Constant Attendance Allowance of £83.10 per week paid with Industrial Injuries Benefit or War Disablement Pension.

 You do not have to claim Carer's Allowance to get this element. 

Unlike Carer's Allowance  or Carer Support Payment (Scotland) where you are prevented from claiming if you are earning above a certain level (£139 per week for 2023/24), for the Carer's Element your level of earnings does not prevent you from claiming. However, as the Carer's Element is a part of Universal Credit (UC), which is means tested , your earnings and other income will affect how much Universal Credit overall you are entitled to.

If you are making a joint claim, you can get a Carer's Element each if you both qualify for it. However, you cannot be caring for the same severely disabled person.

Getting the Carer’s Element of Universal Credit might affect the benefits of the person you care for. It might mean they lose their entitlement to the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) .

Child Element

Your Universal Credit will include a child element if you are responsible for a child or qualifying young person who normally lives with you. You usually receive a child element of £269.58 per child per month. If your first or only child was born before 6 April 2017, you will receive a higher amount for that child of £315.00 per month. 

You will not be paid a child element for a third or subsequent child born on or after 6 April 2017, unless an exception applies. This is called the Two-Child Limit. If you have three or more children, check if you qualify for an exception to the Two-Child Limit . You should still report all the children who live with you when you claim Universal Credit.

There are also two disabled child additions:

  • Disabled child addition of £146.31 per month for each child or qualifying young person that is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or
  • Severely disabled child addition of £456.89 per month if your child or qualifying young person gets the highest rate of the care component of DLA, the enhanced rate for daily living of PIP or is registered blind.

You can still receive a disabled child addition for a third or subsequent child, even if you cannot get the child element for that child.

Childcare Costs Element

You can receive a childcare costs element if you pay for registered childcare when you go to work. There is no set number of hours you need to work. If you are part of a couple, then both of you must be in work (or treated as being in work while on statutory sick leave or statutory maternity, paternity or shared parental leave) unless the non-working partner:

  • Has limited capability for work or limited capability for work-related activity, or
  • Gets Carer's Allowance or the Carer's Element of Universal Credit, or
  • Is temporarily absent from your household (for example, they are in prison, hospital, or residential care).

You will get 85% of your childcare costs met, up to a maximum of £646.35 per month for one child and £1,108.04 per month for two or more children.

Housing Costs Element

For details about the housing costs element, please see our Universal Credit housing costs guide

Limited Capability for Work Element

You will get one of these if you satisfy the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). See our Universal Credit - Work Capability Assessment information .

You might get either the:

  • Limited capability for work element (LCW) £146.31 per month. (From 3 April 2017, the limited capability for work element is not be available to claimants who claim Universal Credit (UC) on or after this date, unless they were in receipt of a work-related activity component in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) immediately before they claimed UC) or
  • Limited capability for work and work-related activity element (LCWRA) £390.06 per month.

If you are making a joint claim and you both have LCW or LCWRA, your award will only include one element:

  • If one or both of you have LCWRA, you will receive that element
  • If you both have LCW, you will receive that element.

You may have to wait three full assessment periods from first reporting sick notes for your LCWRA element to be added on. Although there are some instances where it can be added on straight away, such as if you are terminally ill or you were entitled to one of the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) components immediately prior to your Universal Credit claim.

If you have already been assessed as having limited capability for work or for work-related activity as part of your UC claim, you can work while still being treated as having limited capability for work. If you are doing a lot of work, this might mean the DWP will want to do another Work Capability Assessment to check whether your condition has changed.

If you haven’t had a Work Capability Assessment yet and are earning more than £722.45 per month, you won’t be able to have a Work Capability Assessment unless you are also getting PIP, DLA or Attendance Allowance.

Transitional payment

People who were entitled to Severe Disability Premium (SDP) on their legacy benefits get a transitional payment in their Universal Credit.

This amount starts at the rates below but over time it will gradually be reduced .

  • Single person with an LCWRA element: £132.12 per month
  • Single person with no LCWRA element: £313.79 per month
  • Couple, both entitled to SDP: £445.91 per month
  • Couple, only one person entitled to SDP, with an LCWRA element: £132.12 per month
  • Couple, only one person entitled to SDP, with no LCWRA element: £313.79 per month.

People who were moved to Universal Credit as part of the managed migration may also get a transitional payment in their Universal Credit. If you've received a migration notice letter telling you to claim Universal Credit, read our Universal Credit Migration Notice guide to find out about your next steps. 

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Starting on Monday, SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits to have groceries delivered from Thrive Market . It’s the first online-only grocer to make the move , though retailers like Walmart, Albertsons and Kroger grocery stores have been accepting SNAP for online ordering and grocery delivery for a few years. 

For about a decade, the USDA has been testing whether grocery delivery could help SNAP users. The pandemic gave a clear answer, said Nevin Cohen at the City University of New York.

“USDA realized that online shopping was really important,” he said.

That’s especially for SNAP users with transportation or mobility challenges, “whether it’s seniors or people with physical disabilities or caregivers of young children,” Cohen added.

And that’s the case for the mom of a newborn who LaMonika Jones, director of the nonprofit D.C. Hunger Solutions , recently spoke with. “She shared that one of the saving graces for her was her ability to utilize her SNAP benefits online.”

Residents of the poorest neighborhoods in D.C. have just one or two local grocers to choose from , Jones said.

The alternative? “Take public transportation 30, 40 minutes to purchase groceries,” she said.

Jones added that delivery fees can be a barrier. But delivery services can also help SNAP users shop around for cheaper groceries outside their neighborhood. 

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Retroactive Unemployment Benefits Back or Missing Payments for Expired $300 Weekly FPUC, PUA and PEUC Programs – Claim Weeks Covered

With the expiry of federal enhanced unemployment benefit programs like PUA, PEUC, $300 FPUC and $100 MEUC after September 6th 2021 in all states, there have been a lot of questions around what happens with ongoing, new and past payments. You can see the following sections where I discuss these in more detail.

Ongoing and regular weekly payments ended after September 6th (week ending September 11th in most states). This means a cessation of federal pandemic unemployment benefits for 8 million+ jobless or under-employed claimants which that will result in them  losing all current and future benefits  under the PUA, PEUC or supplementary $300 FPUC programs.

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Retroactive Unemployment Benefits

States like New Jersey and California , have already stated that validated retroactive claims after a successful determination or appeal for eligible weeks (when the programs were in effect before September 6th) would be paid out over the next several weeks. Note, per the sections below, that back payments are limited to the program extension coverage periods.

Eligible Claimants should continue to certify for benefits for weeks they are owed unemployment. Any weeks of unemployment that occurred before these programs expire can still be paid retroactively if a claimant is later determined to be eligible for those weeks of benefits. Check your state unemployment website for more details on certifying for retroactive back payments. Handling of Retroactive Unemployment Benefits

Retroactive benefits (or back pay) is legally required to be made by state unemployment departments for all eligible weeks under the PUA and PEUC programs. Weeks where claimants got at least $1 of unemployment would also qualify them for the extra $300 FPUC program payment.

Biden ARPA Unemployment Benefit Extensions

Congressional leaders and the President have now passed another COVID relief stimulus package into law. The package includes funding for extending the $300 FPUC weekly boost, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ( PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation ( PEUC ) programs to September 6th, 2021 or the earlier end date some states have chosen to end participation in these federally funded programs.

Eligible claimants who certify under existing programs like regular state UI, PUA, PEUC or EB for the applicable weeks will automatically get the extra $300 FPUC unemployment Claimants who had exhausted their PUA or PEUC benefits and needed to wait for their state unemployment departments to update UI programs will be retroactively caught up for back payments in subsequent weeks – however their may be some manual intervention required in certain cases as discussed below.

Will I get my retroactive or back payments if my states end benefits early?

With many states ending their participation in the federally funded unemployment programs several weeks earlier than the September 6th end date, a lot of claimants who have had delays or issues with their claims getting paid were naturally worried if they would get back payments. The answer is Yes . Because the funds are allocated at a federal level, the state unemployment agencies are obligated to pay any eligible new or existing claim payments prior to the end date of the state’s participation in the program.

States had to provide 30 days notice to the US DOL prior to ending the PUA, PEUC, $300 FPUC programs. This also requires them to ensure retroactive payments are made on claims prior to this notice period. After the state’s termination date no new or active claim payments will be made. Not surprisingly many states are still struggling with large backlogs and fraudulent claims, so it is expected it could take several weeks for some states to make back payments for eligible weeks.

How Far Back Can I Claim the Retroactive Unemployment Benefits?

As discussed in this article , the new $300 FPUC payment for 2021 will only be retroactive to the start date of the new program coverage period in the same manner as previous supplementary UI benefit programs. This means that back payments for the new $300 FPUC are not payable retroactively for any week prior to December 27th, 2020 (under CAA) or March 14th (under Biden ARP extension), even if you were getting PUA and PEUC for the last several months.

Will I get Back Payments Automatically Applied or Manual Claim/Actions Required?

Once states are able to update their IT systems to pay the extended PEUC and PUA benefits (see this video for a discussion of the PUA mess and PEUC rollout challenges) they are automatically adding the extra weeks to eligible claimant accounts. One the claimant claims or certifies for the relevant weeks they should get payment for current and past eligible weeks.

However due to the complexities, unique cases or system limitations some states area asking claimants to take manual actions to get back payments . For example in Pennsylvania ( PA ), claimants on PEUC are being requested to email the UC Help Desk for backdating retroactive weeks. Similarly in IDES in IL is asking claimants to call their call center representatives to discuss backdating their claims

So essentially if you cannot claim your past weeks online or you have received a current/recent week payment but no back payments for prior eligible weeks or any official notification of delays, then you will likely have to take a manual action via your state UI agency to get your payment.  

What about States Ending Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Early?

Several states have already announced they will be ending their participation in the federally funded unemployment programs early ( see full list ) in a bid to encourage jobless workers to return to the workforce.

In this situation retroactive payments for any eligible claims filed prior to the states pandemic program participation date will continue to be processed and paid. Retroactive benefit payments could occur several weeks after the end date for covered weeks as states update systems to account for the end of these programs and revert back to their traditional unemployment programs/systems.

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[September 2020 – Expired Programs] While the $600 FPUC program has now ended (see update below), with no formal extension in place due to a Congressional stalemate, it was been replaced by the Lost Wages Assistance ( LWA) unemployment benefits program. You can see this article for details on the now expired temporary LWA $300 weekly payment (some states are making a $400 payment) that President Trump approved in mid-August (using $44bn of FEMA funding) via executive order. Most states have made all payments under this program ( full list here ) including retroactive payments .

Based on reader comments its clear that some people are still getting or waiting for their $600 FPUC retroactive back payments . That is a different program to one paying the LWA benefits and back payments will continue to be made to eligible claimants. It has however expired for new or continuing claims as of August 1st, so if you lost your job after that time or were expecting the $600 then you would be out of luck. You need to leverage the LWA program and benefit for that.

So if you are still getting at least $100 of benefits under current and enhanced benefit programs (like PUA and PEUC) then you should continue to certify on weekly or bi-weekly basis to receive current and retroactive $300 weekly payments. Both the payments are being administered and paid by state unemployment agencies. So you would need to contact them if you are having issues with these payments. See below and comments section for helpful tips.

Update on $600 FPUC Retroactive Back Payments

All states and territories have now updated their unemployment systems to account for the extra $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation ( FPUC ) payment to those eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI). While the roll-out and payment of these benefits has been plagued by challenges with some states struggling a lot more than others, millions of Americans have now received their entire extra/stimulus unemployment benefits. As a reminder, the additional $600 weekly payment, including retroactive benefits should occur automatically (unless specified by state unemployment site) for anybody eligible for any amount of state unemployment benefits — even as little as $1. The payments, including retroactive or backdated payments for eligible weeks a claimant has certified, will continue through the end of year, even the program ended for new claimants at the end of July.

The good news is that even though payments have started later the planned, they will be retroactive to when states signed up to receive the federal boost for their unemployment programs. This is generally for the week ending 4/3 in most states. So if you were eligible to receive unemployment compensation from that week then you would be eligible to receive payments from that date. The table below shows when states started making the $600 FPUC payment and when the payments were retroactive to.

Unfortunately many readers have noted issues with these retroactive payments whereby they have not received them at all, even though they had gotten their first $600 payment per state schedules. So while many were expecting a l arge first payment worth thousands, they ended up getting just their base $600 payment. And when they contact their local state unemployment agencies they cannot get a clear answer and are told just to wait while they clear back logs of new claimants. See more reasons why your $600 payment stopped or was delayed.

Given the delays in getting paid your unemployment checks, many jobless workers may be worried that they could be missing out on payments for the extra weeks they were unemployed. The good is that individuals still waiting on a decision regarding their unemployment eligibility will receive all back weeks of FPUC due to them, even if that decision is made after the end of the current FPUC program in July. They may need to go back and certify for weeks they were eligible (which will vary by state), but they will eventually be made whole for unemployment payments they qualify for.

Backdated Payments with PUA claims

Several readers have asked if the $600 payment will be back dated for those who become eligible for state unemployment benefits under the PUA program. While this is subject to the different timelines of the PUA and FPUC programs, generally speaking if you qualified for the PUA program between early April and the end of July, you would be eligible for FPUC benefits per the dates shown below. This includes backdated payments for weeks you were eligible. In most states backdated PUA and FPUC payments will be paid in one lump-sum one to two weeks after you receive your first payment of eligible state UI benefits.

How to File for Unemployment Benefits Back Payments

Many of the recent comments in this article reflect the challenges with actually being able to claim unemployment back payments for eligible weeks. In particular getting through a live agent or getting a response from your local state agency has been a challenge – which has often meant stress and panic around the status of your unemployment check, and if you will even be getting paid one for current or past weeks.

While it varies by state, the following are the key ways to file and get your retroactive unemployment payments:

  • To claim past weeks or correct dates you will generally have to contact your state UI agency and get them to retroactively certify you for past week. Getting an agent is a challenge, so may agencies are offering secure message as a way to lodge your claim. New York is doing this extensively and people have reported this is more effective than trying to get through to someone.
  • States like Florida have actually setup dedicated phone lines and options (e.g choosing Option 5) to modify the date of unemployment claims or to certify for past weeks. In California , there is a dedicated site to certify for past weeks to confirm your eligibility ( retroactive certification ).
  • Some states like PA are trying to do more of this online through their unemployment portals/dashboards, and actually are recommending claimants experiencing any errors or issues email (rather than call) their state agency. But response times are still expected to be several days.

Your determination for benefits ad back payments (including under the PUA program) will generally be mailed to you or available on your state agencies online unemployment account or dashboard. This is probably the most up to date place and once approved payments will be made in one lump sum either via direct deposit or debit card

Is my State Processing Unemployment back payments?

The answer is yes. All state UI agencies and departments are processing claims and will backdate your claim to when you first became unemployed, as reported by you when you enter your last day of work. You will need to generally contact them to update your unemployment date if incorrect so that they can correctly pay retroactive benefits. However states like Florida , North Dakota, Arizona and Ohio are still well behind making these retroactive payments due to IT system issues around certifying eligibility for past weeks and taking initial claims for new worker groups (e.g freelancers) eligible for unemployment and the extra $600 under PUA provisions.

There is also a chance the entire program could be extended if unemployment rates don’t improve. See this page for additional unemployment resources and state specific UI pages.

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All I want is my regular unemployment from Oct. 22 2021the time I was laid off till my first UI check if Feb.2022 I have jumped through their hoops .I was denied because I didn’t file the first mon. I was laid off . I couldn’t GET THROUGH TO THEM OR I WOULD HAVE PLEASE HELP ME IM SO TIRED OF TRYING I HOPE SOMEONE IS READING THIS THAT CAN HELP ME IM A SINGLE WOMAN JUST TRYING TO LIVE

Me too I believe it would be best to email them n tell them that’s what I bout to do.

Hi, I have been trying to contact unemployment for months now but I’m told to call next business day. I am owed retroactive PÚA pay from June-august 2021. I received only 3 last payments with the extra $300 when I certified with ID.me (I think that’s what help my back payments up, until I certified with ID.me) but am still owed the weeks I applied before that. What else can I do? It’s been a year now.

Hello my name is Natasha and I live in Ohio. I filed my claim in April 2021 and its been a year and I just got a decison back from the hearing officer from it going to the review commission. It came back in my favor, and that as termination without just cause, and that my weeks were allowed. Now when I ask them (unemployment agents)What my allowed weeks and they tell me 4-25-21 to 4-23-22. But if that is true and I calculate those weeks (which i did file every week) by what they set my payments at then that adds up to over $20,000. Now i know there is no way that they are going to give me that amount of money in one lump some or even the amount at all, so what will i get because it is still unclear to me. I also want to know if anyone else has waited a year for unemployment? If so how long after your decision came back did you have to wait before you got a pay out?

YES MY UNEMPLOYMET DATES BACK TO 8/2020 IRECIEVED UNEMPLOYMENT FOR TWO WEEKS AND THEY CUTT ME OFF , IVE CALLED SO MANY TIMES , EMAILED, SIT ON THE PHONE WITH THE REPS ONLY TO TELL YOU THAT THEY WILL BE SENDING IT INTO ESCALTION , AND IVE BEEN TOLD THST ABOUT 6 TIMES SINCE 2020 , AND THAT CAN TAKE 3-6 WEEKS AT A TIME SO IVE BEEN WAITING ON SOME TYPE OF RESPONSE , VIA EMAIL OR MAIL STILL NOTHING AFTER ALL THIS TIME I WAS GETTING THE PUA AND THEN THEY STOPPED IT SAYING I THEN WAS DISQAULIFIED . NOBODY IS HELPFUL WHEN PEOPLE ARE STILL OWED ALL THIS MONEY

They probably do owe you that much. That’s how much they owe me and I have seen them give people that much at once.

I was granted back pay of regular unemployment plus 600 Pua and they still owe me 15 vouchers here in indiana and I haven’t heard one word about it so where do I go from here about getting money that was approved bye unemployment Judge

Hello, I applied for my back pay in August of 2020 and denied me so I appealed it and was denied again so I appealed it again after the third appeal I won that was September 29th of 2021 and now it’s coming up September of 2022 and still nothing I was told by an unemployment agent it’s out of there hand’s now it’s up to a company called help start to rewrite some program before help start can send me my back pay!! If I was to turn the tables I don’t believe they would be to happy with the way I was told,,,, (When?? can I get what’s owed to me when??)

Hello Natasha i filed for my backpay in August of 2020 long story short I had taken it to appeals and I won on the third appeal and that was on September 29 2021 and it’s been over a year sense then and I still haven’t received anything and when I can get through to someone at the unemployment office its always the same answer help start doesn’t have no answer as to when they will get to my backpay so I wait not knowing when???

Hi Brian , I’m in Kansas . They same exact experience with my Claim I applied in 4/2020 had issues with the system. Got denied supposed due to possible fraud ‘(( It wasn’t) appealed 3x finally Won . Sent in all back claims . After a week and a half I called they said they could find any claim prior to 08/2021 so they weren’t going to issue a payment . How did I have an appeal if I had no previous claim they didn’t care out of there hands …. Well I called the governor and state representative that handles employment Now they finally paid some of them . They skipped every other week paid a week than skipped but I got some payment

Well, I doubt I will see any additional federal payments. My eligible extension claim in 2020 was filed but the state of KY never paid them. Finally, The UI saw me this week. They’re response? This claim is pretty old. Yeah, that’s right …kind of what happens when the state of KY doesn’t pay valid claims and the UI Department is basically shuttered for over a year, responding to no one.

If this was a private insurance company their actions would be subject to a lawsuit under BAD FAITH clauses.

This is nothing for Gov. Bershear to be proud of. >Kentucky has unemployment claims from almost 2 years ago that haven’t been paid. <.

Screw are denying back pay and are lying about reason they deny. I won appeal and still not been paid. Who to contact that will help??

The same thing happened to my son. They only paid him the base pay for the weeks he won on appeal and has not paid him the additional $600 per week. He has called, filed an appeal and still no response. He is beyond frustrated. Please let us know if you find some help which seems almost impossible.

i believe the date was february 20,2022

What happens then? Supposedly my account went into ” waiting review” Jan 6 2022. Anyone know if thus is a good sign?

Did yu ever receive payment? I went inside the center today and was told I’m only eligible for 6 payments which ik I certified for more.

Hi I’m from california and I apply for pua on sep.6.2020 and I havent received any payments because I need to verify my identity and I been trying but I don’t know why it doesn’t let me I submit my documents and it said to be ready the a agent will contact me and to have my documents ready .but they never call me and I call edd and they always put me on hold . I do have a balance to claim but since they havent verify my identity they don’t sent me any payment and I am wondering if I can still get it in the Ui online page it says I need to apply again because my year is expired .and I have 4 kids I don’t have a job and iam a homeless someone is renting me a RV .but is really hard to be living with kids in there . So iam asking to who ever read this to please help me . I don’t know what to do no more I have proof of how many times I have try contact edd. And IDme . I will a appreciate for your help. Thank You.

Hi Elicenia Orellana, if you still have not gotten anywhere because of the ID.me process being a pain in the ass, i was able to help my girlfriend and this actually worked very well. As far as i know the ID.me company operates on east coast time. What you want to do is call the ID.me company to speak to a “referee” which unfortunately is a process alot of people have to go through because for one reason or another the standard procedure of uploading your ID and whatever documents isnt enough or it is flagged. Since youre in California you want to call 3 hours prior to the time the ID.me company opens on the east coast. I believe they open at 7, so call at 4AM (I would start calling at 3:58 AM). Doing this will automatically put you to the front of the line so you wont have to literally wait hours and hours and hours. When I did this for my girlfriend we waited about an hour and a half, when a few days prior we waited for about 20 hours in the QUE to speak to a referee. Call at 3:58 AM, have your ID, social security card, birth certificate, and a piece of mail that matches your ID. Have this all ready prior to calling, speak to the referee when they become available, and they will approve you and send verification to the state of California. Good luck!

Hello my name is segismundo matos my identity was stolen had to be clear by fraud department started receiving regular state unployment check was told the federal benefit would come later had to do government Id told to wait to get money it been long time have not got anything need help

In your online portal there should be a place normally in the section they keep monetary issues or right on the the front page that say upload docs Girl if verifying your identity is all u need to do your in a good spot!!!

After reading this , I WENT ASK EDD and requested a backdating to 2/5/2020. Edd response was that the date falls outside the backdating parameters. My original application stated it 2/5/2020 as the date covid stopped my work. I filed in july 2020 and payments started 7/24/2020. I was in the pua program.

Does any know what backdate I SHOULD USE?

I have called over & over.I have emailed multiple times still nothing.

Scroll to the bottom of the state unemployment website and you see schedule appt. They will call you back instead of you chasing them.

I’m in New Jersey and I wasn’t paid for like 4 months of unemployment PUA some weeks certified some not certified because it wouldn’t let me cus of verification issues. It’s October 2021 now and the back payments are still not made. Do you know what’s going on in New Jersey for situations like mine and when they will stop telling me to wait another 8 weeks for a specialist to review.

Definitely in the same boat, I waited my 8 weeks called 40mins ago they told me i would get my back pay this week drew hopefully its mutual

I provided an answer and some thoughts for NJ in this updated article – https://savingtoinvest.com/new-jersey-nj-division-of-unemployment-insurance-600-fpuc-and-pua/

I’m having the exact same problem. Claim hasn’t been paid from 3/6/21 to 6/26/21 and I certified every week. I’ve called and called. I’m on my second escalation and am told I have to wait an additional 8 weeks. I’m in touch with my senators office and they call every week for the past month with no results. I’m at a loss and nearly broke now. This past week I did my usual certification on the phone and it said I was claiming for 3/6/21 and 3/13/21. At first I thought, great. Maybe they’re going to start paying me now, that I just needed to certify again. I get the the legal disclaimer part at the end. Press 1. Silence for 15 seconds. Then a message stating they’re having problems with their system and to call back later which I did. Same result. So, not only could I not get those 2 back weeks of pay, I also couldn’t get this weeks either. So now I’m getting nothing. One last thing I can try is certifying online on my scheduled time. Maybe that’ll work. If not? Then I’m totally screwed. I have $300 to my name. A $489 car payment due, the last two months of electricity and other bills. And I still can’t find a job but I’ll have to try harder. If you get any results could you please reply and I’ll do the same. Best of luck Drew

Contact the governors office and given them hell. By email or phone. When they block u use *67 and continue. Last thing don’t let them tell ur benefits are exhausted they say it’s 50-53weeks but no it’s 75-79wks. I got bk pay from February 2020 till September 4 2021 that’s how I did it. The Governor don’t get his paycheck tampered with neither should you

I’m I South Carolina and they have screwed me and I’ve been approved and won appeal for back pay from March 15th 2020 till present! What to do

What is a phone number I can actually get a human on the phone for Florida Ui? I haven’t seen a dime since February and only got a very few payments since I lost everything and my job last March 2020 when this shit began! I’m absolutely infuriated with this shit I am owed so much money but I can’t seem to speak with a human?!

Have you tried contacting your state assembly person? That’s how I got mine.

I never got a penny and didn’t know about PUA and called up and got my new PUA claim in since NYDOL is still accepting NEW PUA claims for 30 days after September 5th 2021 , they sent me a letter saying I’m eligible and will get $178 a week and that I need to call for back pay , I did the ID ME thing and everything they asked I called for back pay they gave me 39 weeks worth and told me after the ID ME verification goes through after 10-14 days I will receive the money , 3 weeks went by and I called and the lady said I should have had the money by now and she will try and put it thru for me , she the. Says she needs 2 supervisors to do it and to call back some time in October and she hung up . I forgot to ask her what is so important about the month of October? I just don’t get why I have to keep calling I wish it could just go through automatically with out me having to keep calling and then having them tell me to just call back in another week and another….etc….

I’m in MN been waiting since March 2021 to get paid.no1 at regular mn unemployment center can access the pua accounts. It’s federal and they are state there systems are not communicating that is why we are left out i hope someone can help me with pua in MN or someone to talk to about this I live in rural MN and have 5 kids its hard already now its 1000xharder

Same here. I was Unemployed all of 2020. I took care of my Father for 4 years. Rest his Soul. I am an event coordinator, and had no idea I could get PUA. When I did back in May 2020 I couldn’t get a hold of anyone. Then in June or July my account was hacked. I still couldn’t get a hold of IDES/PUA. I had to call the Key Bank and have them put a code on the account so no one could draw funds off of it. The Key Bank had me activate the card so that could be done. My Father was being rushed in and out of the emergency room with chronic and severe UTI’s. He had to take a loan out for me, plus helped me out financially. While he was on a fixed income and still had his bills to pay. Then I lost him to Covid19 Dec 31, 2020. This has all been so hard on me. Finally this year I got ahold of IDES and it took forever. I told them I needed to file for PUA for 2020. They never let me and pushed me through to Dec 2020 – part of August 2021. In the meantime I tried working at DG and I was having sever back and leg pain. I worked for a week and a half. I had to quit. Started another job and was told it was 30-40!hrs a week putting flower arrangements together. My hours got knocked down, and I was having to lift heavy flower pots etc. I couldn’t do any longer after a month. Come to find out I have a very bad herniated bulging disk. Mind you when I started DG i was told at least 30 hrs a week. The day I started I was told that upper management said they could only work me 10 hrs a week. Needles to say Illinois IDES/PUA won’t pay me back pay to 2020. And now they say I have fraud because when I started working at DG. OMG! They knew that and i put it down when I was finally able to start Certifing. What a mess.

I’ve been filing still haven’t received anything and it’s keeps saying in pay status and then it will say in inelegable status so I don’t know what’s going all I know is I haven’t received not the first red penny nothing but I keep filing . And I’m in Alabama

I’m from Massachusetts and am self employed and have been stonewalled by Massachusetts PUA office in every single step. I was denied after providing an immense amount of evidence supporting my work. I do not know the actual figures and statistics but I know many people who have much less evidence than I did that were approved without being hassled, and I personally have noticed a trend in who gets approved and there personal ethnicity. I have noticed that when a claimant is black or brown, that there is no such thing as self certification and they assume you are not trustworthy enough to do so. Therefore I’ve seen in Massachusetts that they will red flag minorities claims initially then offer up any excuse to deny further attempts to ratify their decision even when exposed to overwhelming evidence to support approval. This needs to be federally investigated.

I’m in Texas & since this whole pandemic began,like everyone I have been trying to get through to anyone who could certify me for my back pay. I still have all the emails and proof of everything I’ve tried to do to get this and the last few months I had basically gave up. Well I got a phone call the other day out of nowhere saying I had been denied back pay and that I could appeal it. I’m already starting to write my appeal and printing out the proof of me trying to get certified over and over with no response. Is there anything I can do to help win this appeal to get back pay or am I just wasting my time? Please help so I can either get approved or give up the thought of getting this because it would save everything in my life. Single parent and didn’t receive any stim checks & filed income tax but that’s also being held up and stuck in processing. Thank you to anyone that could shed light on this for me.

I have been struggling as well trying to dig myself out of the hole the pandemic caused me financially. I decided to appeal every decision, submit letters on the UI portal and continue to call/email TWC. Received a letter 3 days ago saying that my “claim was valid.” Hope that means that my efforts to request back payments was successful. No response from TWC yet, but feel the letter was a good indicator that all of my efforts just may pay off. Delays and misinformation seem normal, but don’t stop requesting answers and submitting proof! Also, keep all relevant documentation.

I live. In. AR extra 300 ended early June 26 2021 I’ve since returned to work on 8-16-21 will I still get my retroactive payments so in debt

Did you ever receive your claim?

If your taxes are still “processing “, you need to call them because thats usually a sign you are getting audited or have been flagged for identity theft.

Same here.. if you find out anything, let me know how it goes…… I could certainly use any insight on this shitshow…..

I’m in arkansas I filed on my pua for weeks everything was fine then it popped up not intitle and said I might be able to draw reg unemployment I sent a denial letter to them showing I was not I sent It 3 times they still owe me for the week they said they had to review it I don’t understand why all documents are there nothing changed what should I do and why do they have to review it again I think there just screwing me around

Yes they are screwing me around too I filed my unemployment back in March of last year and send them all my information over and over and over again all year long it’s in judication for the past 3 months what should I do

My name is Rogelio. I have 11 weeks approved peuc but have not collected the last week. I was requested to certify for claim for another peuc extention (29 wks?) and i certified for claim every week but have not collected any payment. Will I still be able to get a retroactive payments for all claims certification?

I didn’t get paid for several months due to my claims being in the appeal process. I won my appeal but was not paid the additional $300 per week from January through April 2021. An agent has stated that due to the fact that I wasn’t receiving unemployment benefits while waiting for my appeal, those weeks that the additional $300 per week were due, I do not qualify for now. They did pay me my back pay (with random weeks missing) but did not back date the additional $300 per week. Does this sound accurate? I shouldn’t miss out on that money due to an appeal that was over turned.

I was just wondering, 5he unemployment agency here in Alabama did make available and allow me to file for certain weeks missed such as the weeks between the $600 and $300 payments where I only received my regular UI and weeks that were missed after my year was up and thee was some time lost there but as I said they did allowe to file those however I j7st received what appears to be my very last payment with UI altogether with no payments for the time missed but was allowed to file. Plz help

I been waiting on my backpay since March of last year..I live in Georgia..and I’m homeless and nobody will answer the phone at the place.. I need some help with this matter..my name is Johnny Coggins..someone please help me

See the GA UI resource page/forum for some more tips an help – https://savingtoinvest.com/georgia-ga-department-of-labor-600-fpuc-and-pua-for-extra-unemployment-insurance/?swcfpc=1

I need to apply for my backpay from the time the pandemic started because I have my own Tattoo business and I’ve been unemployed since it started in March 2020 and I didn’t figure out how to apply until October 2020,.. So is there anyway I would be able to apply for that backpay from March until October 2020?..Please someone help me because our benefits are about to stop and I am in dire need because I’m living in a hotel and I am homeless

Yes. You will need to contact your state UI agency (check their website) to enter claims for those periods and certify you were unemployed. They can then process the retro payments. You will need to have someone at the agency do this for you (back end system) and likely will need to provide evidence of unemployment etc.

Ok guys Hello my name is sonja. Back in 07/2020 i applied for unemployment I own my own small business. I called everyday they just kept saying wait for an email. finally in 03/2021 i got an email ” what a joke 9 months later” I was told to reapply so on 03/28/2021 i reapplied. i was approved for PUA but no UI because florida said i was only approved for federal not state funding. I have asked multiple times about getting it back dated to my original date and keep getting i have to wait. It has been a month now since i started getting my benefits anyone know how long it takes for florida PUA to back date?

I read all the information above and im still confused I am trying to find out how I can get my backpay for unemployment in Oklahoma from 4-20 to November 2020 I had spoke with someone and was given a reference number told that if they had any further questions they would contact me otherwise it should start showing up in January and it has not. Is Oklahoma still doing backpay it wasn’t in the blue like the others any help would be greatly appreciated Thank you

I contacted my congressman and an associate contacted me quickly and helped me immediately. So if all else fails, try that. It worked for me. I got my back pay from February of 2020 until now.

Hi could you please tell me more details about how you contacted your congressman? I live in Virginia and I’m looking to receive back pay all the way from August 2020? Thank you!

Where are you from?

From NY I’m asking for my husband he is Richard Voelker

Who do I contact for my pandemic back pay from December 5th2020 I’ve been approved already but never received it yet

I filled my clam January 24 and I worked for the last 6 months and my case is pending haven’t gone nothing. So I finally found a job. Will I still get my y back pay or what?

Hi Richard. I’m in the exact same boat. Did you have any success? If so, please let me know. I have not received a penny of backpay. Just 2 weekly payments for current PUA of $478. Thanks, Randy

I thought they had limits on backdating if a new filers can and the earliest you can backdate is to Dec 6th even if you were unemployed before that date? How did you do that? Help would be appreciated

Depends on state and program. You can only back date to the start of the most recent extension. But if you can prove you were unemployed under prior stimulus bills (e.g. CARES act) some states can manually process back benefits for you. You will need to contact your local state UI to discuss options. But be prepared to wait several weeks/months.

I reviewed an email from NJDOL stating that after dec 27th that I would begin to receive my payments after Jan 11 and still nothing and can’t get anyone on the phone to ask about this but the email stated I would be able to collect unpaid $600 FPUC from March-July that was held back due to my claim being appealed by my last employer and I owed back money which I now paid and I started a new claim in dec and when I claim PUA comes up twice in the question about collecting pension has anyone else had this happen ? I’m confused some say it’s not going to happen some say they received the unpaid amount in full out of the blue direct deposit and some say they had to call a politician to pull a favor to get it which make perfect sense hah well anyone have a clue ?

I have missed filing my weekly claims for several weeks and would appreciate very much if I could receive my benefits for the weeks I did not file ….thank you

I just want to know; if it ran out on the 26th of December. But we are getting that week (even though it’s a delay.) mine says I have no more weeks to file so should I reapply? I already did I hope it doesn’t mess it up .

Same here! It’s like no one is touching this subject. “If I exhausted my claims do I need to reapply ?”

See this article where I have this covered – https://savingtoinvest.com/do-i-need-to-take-any-action-to-get-extended-unemployment-benefit-weeks-under-pua-peuc-eb-or-300-fpuc/

Short answer you will have to reactivate your claim or if you state does not support that, you will need to reapply. The challenge in several states is that they are still updating their systems to process new or reactivated claims (from those who have exhausted benefits). There are some new requirements (e.g around PUA vs PEUC) and documentation needed for PUA applicants. So until this is done you won’t be able to file the new 11 week extensions.

My claim was messed up it finally got reopened I certified month of November an December an my claim was in review I certified every week did was I was supposed to will I get retroactive payments for my weeks I certified for on my dash all it say is in progress an under pay type it say exhausted benefits can you tell me what that mean an tell me if I will get paid for my weeks I’m due

NO YOU DO NOT ! it should be done auto.

I was receiving pua payment and my account was locked for id me I verified my identity and claim all my weeks I haven’t receive a payment since November of 2020 what should I do

no you call and they’ll direct you from there

Here in florida. Self employed claim ended dec 26th now shows as ineligible because it says regular unemployment compensation from the state that I dont get. I was getting the PUA. Now that it has been started again do I have to go in and reapply or will they update it and just put me back in the program ?

I just read and also talked to reps daily. keep watching for your link on the left to pop up as told …suppose to start back 1/2/2021.. Help this helps

Jeff, I am in florida just spoke to a rep who told me to keep checking the website because mine also says uneligable so it will come available for you to reapply she said we didn’t have do anything just continue to file the weeks when you are told.and everything shouod be fine. Hope this helps. JK

I am on the same boat as yours. I am in Florida and under PUA and I claimed all 39 weeks and ended on Dec 26th with zero balance. As of Monday January, 4th, 2021, My platform in DEO website still shows under ” Regular UC ” with ” Ineligible ” status. I No longer see PUA platform. On the left side, I see ” Apply for Reemployment Assistance Benefits ” and I am Not sure if I should click on that to extend my PUA. Does anybody who is in PUA, know what to do to get the 11 weeks of extension? Thanks.

Ive been on Pua in fl and did nothing in December because i had a balance and automatically started recieving the $300 extra with my $125 like i was supposed too. Again though,i had a balance due to the fact that they never approved my pu a last year until the end of September I did not receive anything. I still have not received anything for that time. And I did have an application it was down in May but they said that for Pua it’s retroactive automatically back for payments, that I still have not received one dime of. Feast or famine down here in Florida. We went a long time with no income, it seemed like eternity, so the 125 a week was a blessing but this 300 for the first time I’ve received a little extra has really felt more normal then anytime since this is started for us. Good luck everyone, and for everyone else remember to support us small businesses!

I didnt no I could apply for UI my job never told us so doing research I kept calling them for months I couldnt get threw then I went online filed on 8/2 got approved then I contacted Delaware DOL to file for back pay from my last day worked 3/17 and they denied me, Im filing for appeal and contacting legal aide,

Me too. I live in CA. I was a full-time student who usually worked part-time at school. I did not know I am eligible for PUA benefits. I just applied PUA in November. I lost my PUA benefits so much. Can I suggest them for back pay (my PUA benefits) from my last day worked on 3/16/2020?

U can try but it says u had to have applied and been accepted by Aug 1st 2020

Yes you can

I’m in Maryland. I stopped working in March as well and my claim actually went through in August and I got all the backpay as well so that’s weird.

See more details on Maryland UI page – https://savingtoinvest.com/maryland-dui-unemployment-benefits-news-and-updates-on-extended-benefit-programs-300-lwa-pua-peuc-and-600-fpuc-beacon-filing-system/

Backpay from your job or from unemployment?

I had something similar..I only had a cell phone to try to apply..it took me till the end of July to finally get through & start my claim…finally got my link to backdate. Did that immediately..then waited & called & waited. Then I called & was told my claim 2as cancelled or dismissed or something & I’m sol on 4 months of retroactive back pay. If I do get someone on line they poo poo me & hang up on me! I am a single Mom with a mortgage..all Government help programs are not accepting new claims..immediately after they open. What is a person to do? I need this help that I was actually due.

I also live in Florida and had originally applied for unemployment in March. I didn’t get paid until may…long story how I got lucky to have that finally happen. Then as I’ve read many have also experienced, I asked to have my claim backdated…so I could receive the payments I was owed from when I originally applied. My account was also put on hold and suspended the first week of august and I believe and am praying…I am finally going to get this resolved!!! I had to keep calling and calling, sending emails, etc and be relentless basically…but I think from a conversation I had today with someone at unemployment…they will be finally paying me again!!! It is absolutely ridiculous!! I understand they are overwhelmed, but 4 months??? I applied for food stamps and I know they are just if not more overwhelmed with applications and I received them literally immediately…2-3 days later. So, there is no excuse for what has been going on and the stress, anxiety and horrific financial situations, etc this has put people through is sickening!!! So to the first commenter I saw in Florida…you are absolutely not alone and just stay on them and call, email and be relentless, because I swear they want you to just give up and it’s a sick game to them!!!

I had a similar situation, I was accepted and then my payments stopped solely because I was using a Chime card. Apparently everyone in Ohio that had Chime was stopped because they said they were experiencing so much fraud through Chime. I was pissed because I wasn’t doing anything wrong . After 5 mos.. I finally got my payments back. Yet still no word on my retroactive back pay which was filed for back in July. Not a single word from them. Calling is getting me nowhere. So now I have researched grievance/complaint policies/procedures. The Reps. I talked to couldn’t answer me when I asked them, that was mind boggling considering that is our right. So anyway it looks like the bureau of civil rights is the head outside of them. And the job and family services has a complaint process also. I’m about to contact EVERYBODY. I have a list of every email, fax and address I have and I wrote a letter/complaint that I will get copies of and send to all of them. I’M SO DONE WITH THIS NIGHTMARE!! In the meanwhile bills are piling up and kids still need taken care of. And now we can’t even file our weekly claims. I am furious but I hope this helps u. I did vent too, sorry!! We all need to put in complaints

Yes we do ! And you can also contact legalaid services to help you .at least that’s the name of it in Texas.

You ain’t lying. I’m also in Kentucky and have been waiting since May 2021 and something really crooked is going on and the only thing that im clear about and can say for certain is that the Kentucky government is well aware that people are desperate for help and they could careless. I was approved regular ui and sent a bank card and never received a dime and couldn’t request my first check, just Said claim was being processed so that automatically means I couldn’t get any additional pandemic funds like pua or whatever. This how little faith I have in KY government, my cousin is a state senator and I’m currently looking for answers and assistance but wouldn’t waste my time contacting him.

also in florida, and had to re apply back in september. I still havent gotten paid. On the phone with them everyday and they just keep telling me to be patient. trying to scrape up enough to pay my phone bill today so I can keep calling them. This sucks!

I have been claiming weekly benefits on PUA every 2 weeks with NO problem. But the latest 2 weeks of claim which is last 2 weeks of November, my weekly benefit status shows HOLD instead of PAYABLE / DIRECT DEPOSIT. I answered same answers with same questions when I claim the 2 weeks as I have been doing. Anybody have same problem? I am in Florida.

Yes this happened to me when they auto backdated me my claim status also changed later to suspended and monetary pending since aug i have had my claimed since aug payments as well as my may back to narch i claimed on hold its insane. Hope you have better experience but I dont know what to do. Im told its due to them reviewing info but since august?

Hi, Charity. Same here. This HOLD thing happened right after they finally backdated to March. But, I just checked my account in DEO and just found out that they just changed the status from HOLD to PAYABLE. So, hopefully they change yours very soon. And yes, its crazy that yours has been hold since August! That’s too long!

Well there ia hope. Dod your status change and monwtary change also? Are you self employed prior ? And how long was you waiting for the chage. I read that they were paying the 125 and it should have went off our peior year returns and so that may be holding me up idk its so hard cauze2 my 14 yr old got nothing for his bday and lights are getting shut off.

Hi, Charity. Yes, I am on PUA in Florida. My weekly claims for last 2 weeks of November was on hold for about 10 days. And yes, after about 10 days later, the status changed from HOLD to PAYABLE as well as monetary. I am not quite understanding by ” they were paying the 125 and it should have went off our peior year returns” though…

Thanks ginger. What i meant about the 125 is thwy are auppiaed to pay us same as regular unemployment meabing calculation of wages but everyone who was self employed even if we turned in our last 10 years tax returns they still paid base minimum 125 ao i am okay with that ill take anything because I am at a point of no return startibg anotger business which was my plan as my credit is gone my car has been sold to try to keep deby from occuring and my mom passed so it was more than juat loaing my job and unemploymens issue but either way I feel like my worlds been tir ed upside down. Can i ask you when they submitted last payment you said august but did it come in aug basicallly you last week claimed paid and that date it was paid befor november mid i believe you got all your hold your payments set to paid. Im hoping itll give me hope on time line my 14 yr old got nothing for his bday and my babies are getting something for christmas but not much in just hoping something soon. Thianis insane. T for amy help truly. Good luck god bless all yall hang in there it can always bw worst.

Hi, Charity. First of all, I didn’t know that all self-employed ( which is PUA ) people in Florida are getting paid $125 weekly benefit for unemployment which is a minimum weekly amount NO MATTER how much you make! I was wondering why my weekly benefit was determined minimum but I guess I am Not the only one.

And as far as payment, yes everything is up to date in my DEO account as of today.

I hope they will clear your account very soon and pay you everything that you are supposed to get paid. And I am so sorry for everything has been happening in your life right now. I pray that things will get better very soon. God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. Stay strong, Charity!

Thank you. Means a lot. I thibk its insane and I know we would owe them if we werent acccountable. So why are they not beinng held Jon same standards. But really t for caring amd congrats. Gives me some hope. They owe me about 8k would be nice for even a quarter of it.

Hi, Charity! I am sure you already know but good news that $600 stimulus check is coming on the way! And most likely we can extend PUA for another 11 weeks with additional $300 FPUC weekly. So I hope that they will fix and straight up your account in mean time.

https://savingtoinvest.com/a-new-300-unemployment-stimulus-for-up-to-16-weeks-retroactive-to-december-2020-and-until-march-2021/

Have a happy and safe holiday!

See..this is what I was told too..finally. I’m in North Carolina. I kept calling to find out what was up with my claim..& I was able to get through sometimes. At one point one representative told me that she wasn’t going to run it through because every time they did..it went up for review which caused more delay. I finally got my link for certifying my back pay..finished it immediately then nothing. Then because I’m guessing it was getting so close to deadlines or whatever..they finally told me my claim was cancelled. Sol on 4 months of retroactive back pay.

Yea I am having the same problem with it saying it’s on hold why I do not know

If you haven’t changed anything or last employer hasn’t then probly just a random check or bluff

I am approved for back pay but my online account says Ive been payed 10,800.00 but I have not received that money. Where could it be?? Any suggestions?

Hi ! Are you in Nj if so how did you get through ?

Log on to your profile and keep your payment method

I filed PUA on 7/23 and have received weekly payment of $158. I’ve received LWA and one week of $600, which was the week of 7/25. I’ve called hundreds of times and I’ve talked to many agents and all of them gave me different answers as to why and when they couldn’t back date weeks. I Know it can be done. My neighbor who filed a week before had the same problem and the was lucky enough to have talk to the right person who fixed his time line, he was paid days later. UIPL 16-20 states that I can until July 31 end date. Also, a relative who is a VEC employee, in May when I asked her about the PUA program she told me I needed a 1099, which was false, so I didn’t file. It wasn’t until July before I learned different. This could possibly could be discrimination due to a political argument we had last year. I’ve asked her to help me by contacting someone to fix my timeline, she says doesn’t know anyone. All the reps I talk to just tell me to appeal for past weeks to certify. If it is tied up beyond th 12-26 end date, Do they still have to pay me? anyone to contact that could help to fix my timeline, contacts, links, emails, numbers, etc. Im at my wits end

I having the same issues. I even spoke with a supervisor to have my benefit date adjusted. Since it was an issue with their system. Which the online rules/guidelines clearly say that is what they are required to do. The supervisor then said it couldn’t be back dated because I didn’t claim these weeks. Yeah, they’re a supervisor that doesn’t understand why I can’t claim weeks that are impossible to & I’m having this much difficulties find a job. I should’ve asked if I could called back yesterday and speak with her. Maybe that might’ve helped a neuron fire. I’m considering contact my lawyer. They will take a percentage, but they won’t be able to make up rules with an attorney. I’d research & see what advice anyone might have. But look for a decent lawyer with areasonable percentage. Just as a backup incase you run out of options. Good luck!

Which state was this

I called NY for PUA as a new claim and had to call for back pay , they told me I’d get 39 weeks , and I’d see the money in 1-2 weeks , it’s been 3 weeks and every time I call they say they need 2 supervisors to put it thru because of the amount of weeks(39) , one lady tried putting half of it thru for me but I was then told sorry she can’t and to call back in another week , I’m just afraid it will be the same answer next week…..

I need someones help. I applied for unemployment and have been unemployed since March. I received the regular unemployment benefits but no backdated payments of any amount. Was I supposed to received backdated payments of 600$ each week? Or was I ineligible? I have called and she said that the unemployment office and the lady is no help , and just says that I will not get it. That It ended on July 31st which I am aware, but I didn’t get any back dated payments at all….this confuses me.

Hey Leslie, go to the unemployment website and request a call back, if available. I had to wait 2.5 months for my call back (they schedule it so you know when it will come) but they approved 6 weeks of back pay for me between March and April. It should come in a lump sum and includes the state benefits and the +$600/week from federal Pandemic benefits. I’m reading that it takes a week or two after that to get your payment. I haven’t gotten mine yet but I was just able to have my call last week so I’m being patient. I had trouble getting through too and heard a bunch of conflicting information before I got someone who could help me. Hope this helps you! Good luck!

Hi, I have made a request to backdate my claim 3 months ago and I am still waiting. Every time I called the DEO in Florida they just tell me that I have to wait, that all PUA claims will be automatically retroactive to the date you were first unemployed. I would really appreciate if someone knows another way to have your benefits backdated.

Thats correct PUA is done automatically by the computer update not a agent the have no control…

I need opinion. I am on PUA in Florida. They finally modified my effective date from July to March as I requested 3 month ago. However, They modified to March 1st even though I told them that my last day of work is March 12th. I was Not going to claim the 1st week and 2nd week of March. But I can’t skip those oldest 2 weeks. I have to start claiming from oldest week in order to claim all backdated weeks. What should I do?

Say you didn’t work, worst that can happen is they find out it’s false n u have to pay those two weeks back

I am 1099 independent contractor / self-employed from TN. Filed for PUA on 7/14/20 and backdated to 3/14/20. Self-employed people may have a bad month every so often so I always kept some savings for a rainy day. Instead of filing for PUA benefits right away I waited (yes, I am kicking myself now). Used all my savings and racked up almost $15,000 worth of credit card debt before I applied. This is the reason I backdated the claim to March. 2 weeks ago I received 1 payment for that week and have received 1 payment for this week. I received an approval letter yesterday with effective date of 3/8 then today received a call saying I’m only getting benefits back to 7/14 when I actually filed. I am very well aware that if you filed before the end of July you should receive any retroactive backpay for PUA but this did not happen for me. I suppose it is my fault for waiting but I am certain them not honoring the PUA backpay is not legit.

You have to call ui and change your date with an actual person, I did this In July, and called every three weeks and it was just changed in November, they are slow at getting it done but it is possible.

I have a question I ve done the same thing I also waited & to apply but also when I did applied it took me so months to filing Only because there was a claim that was still open prior but disqualified (2019) to that but long story short I now recently was able to applied a new claim after emails & emails I sent. I already Certified twice & have not received not one payment so my question is.. Does that mean Im not gonna get back pay

So what should I do,I’m 600.00 from me and my 2boys 5&6 being homeless and I’ve 2 have exhausted my savings, please help me

Can you tell me if I will received the $600 FPUA as well as the $300 LWA as retroactive if I filed for unemployment at the end of September. I became unemployed in March but I only work part-time. I tried reaching out to NYDOL but no luck. I already received my eligibility letter and received 2 weeks of pay. I thought it was going to be retroactive and be pay in one full lump sum from March till September.

Yes, if you qualify for both programs you should be eligible for back pay retroactive lump sum payments. The one exception is the $300 LWA program where many states have run out of funding, which means new claims (and retroactive payments) are not being processed.

Same here i was looking for a answer to ur question

I was kinda upset when I called to see what I needed to do for my retro PUA and was told I could receive it because I was approved for PUA on July 29th. That even thought the program didn’t end for another week that you had to be approved for PUA before July 19th. At that point I had just received my UI denial and had put my app in for PUA but that didn’t matter because I was “approved”. I was a little blown away that the program hadn’t even ended yet and they told me I couldn’t receive my back pay. I guess that’s just how Virginia rolls.

Hey I’ve been trying for some time now to get my backdated payments I actually had to contact the head DOL office and get them to contact the State on my behalf finally two to three weeks after that my state agency contacted me while I was on the phone lady told me that my claim has been backdated already for me to check on my hire account to see about payments later that night it’s so seven payments saying in progress by the date on when I will receive payment but it does not show the $600 only the 107 I receive weekly although I am grateful and happy for anyting I thought the $600 payments was supposed to go back my last day of work was March 13th from what I read the backdated payments should go back to March 29th so I guess what I’m trying to see is am I supposed to be getting the $600 back to that date or what’s going on with that if somebody can answer this question for me I would be greatly appreciated I need to know rather I need to contact them and let them know there has been a mistake because it’s only showing 107 or if the extra 600 will just be added even though it don’t show it thank you for your help time and consideration on reading this and for anyone that responds have a good day God bless all of y’all hope you all get your own stuff situated…. PS I am not always on here so if couldn’t email me the answer would greatly appreciate that as well thank you

I got to someone finally started at 1030 am around 1pm talked to a guy told him the problem about I applied March 31 and got turned down by UI and he said he needed to transfer me to someone else guess what that was Direct Express for SSI and Disability sohe was sorry I had waited an hour on him and tried to put me back in touch with the representative but they hung up. It was around 4 then. And yet still nothing but regular unemployment. Waiting around on that back pay and now the 300 hundred that has yet to start in August pushed until Oct 15 and still just regular pay amount. I hope we can get help or solution with these post. If anyone can I live in Virginia. Any advice. And to even get this check I reapplied in August got approved for pa August 16 1st check was 3 weeks later and just total for regular 3 weeks unemployment. I need help.

A way for u to know is based on how many certifications did you do? If you did over 30 certifications, then you should definitely be receiving the back pay…its probably just taking some time! And it doesn’t show your email on here.

I just got a call from FL surprisingly. I had filed my 2 weeks this morning as I got approved on the Federal one in Oct after my FL $ ran out. I have been asking about my back pay since Summer as I got approved April 26, but had been calling in since Pandemic started. Took them that long to approve me. So, they told me today they added 5 weeks from 3-22-28 till ending April 19 week, 5 weeks of back pay hating at a perfect time w/Holidays here. So, I also filed my 2 weeks that were due today. MY QUESTION. I would have Seven regular $275 payments coming then tomorrow as I claimed all 7 weeks (Fl only pays $276 believe it or not) and I am not sure if I get 4 or 5 $600 back pay checks. The 1st back pay week they approved was week ending Mar 28. Someone told me (Fl ends Saturdays) that the 1st check was either week ending Sunday 29th or the week of the 29th.

Does anyone know? From what I understand, it takes 2-3 days to get the $600 money retro in 1 shot and FL $ will go in next day Dir Dep like normal. I DONT KNOW IF I AM GETTIN 4 or 5 Back pay 600 checks. I think week ending March 28 MIGHT NOT BE A 600 WEEK, meaning I will get 4. So, keep on top of them, I have called them in Oct, Nov, and Dec to let them know I never got back pay, and finally this morning they called me to login & that I have 5 extra weeks ready to claim. FYI. Praying its full 5 weeks for 600 but I have a feeling its 4 weeks. Thanks

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One of the most common questions on this thread is about back pay of FPUC ( 600$ ). YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FPUC ( 600$ ) BACK PAY IF YOU WERE NOT ELIGABLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DURING THE WEEKS BEGINNING 4/15 ( some states are a few days different ) AND THE LAST WEEK OF JULY! If you were eligable between August 1st and after, depending on your State, you should be eligable for the 300$ extra. Most states were only able to pay that amount for about 3 or 4 weeks before their money ran out. PLEASE do not listen to wrong information. Some of these people on this thread are being told they will get the 600$, and they will not. A girl was just told she would get back pay for 600$ a week since March, when SHE JUST GOT ACCEPTED LAST WEEK AND HER “START DATE” WAS LAST WEEK!! No, she will not, and now she is probably heart broken. Each State has different unemployment regulations.

Hi Kristins, If I just filed for PUA but I was unemployed since March…I will not received the $600 FPUC as retroactive?

If your last day of work was in march, u need to have the edd backdate your claim, and then u will receive the extra $600 per week

So I finally got through to someone and I got paid my last 3 payments back payments for my PEUC on Friday, Will I still receive my extra 600 FPUC backdate payment for those weeks also??

Okay I’m in NC . Filed for pua in September. 9th and was denied because I entered the last day worked as 3/3/20 instead of 4/4/20 . So I appealed and won my appeal on 11/20/20 and in the appeal it said that it would go from dates 3/15/20 to Dec 26th . I got my card and payment but all that was on the card was for the dates 9/9/20 til 11/20/20. So my question is will the backdated money go in the card or come in a check and when and should I have to do anything else in order to get everything in motion

So I’ve called n called n I filed this September for my back pay from beginning of March to end of August an everytime I call they say I just have to wait anc n hear it is end of February an still I haven’t heard nothing at all. So I c ppl saying in the info it should tell u what r they talking about? I didnt know u can go in an c all ur info or if u got approved for back pay or not. Nppl r saying from August an on u should get another additional 300 to? An I read that all ur back pay should an will co.e all in 1 lump sum to either ur bank account or a card they send u. So how to I look an sign in to c if theres anything telling me when l get my back pay?

I been out of work since march 25th due to covid and just got a call back in Aug do I get my backpay Illinois unemployment

NJ here as well. I am curious to all this as well. I didn’t even know I could file until last week. I was approved for unemployment and tomorrow will be first day i have to check in. I still didn’t get a card yet. Will that come anytime soon or should I call the bank and let them know I haven’t gotten one? How are all my payments going to come as well? Will they give me a lump some of money from UI or the 600? I know the 300 is suppose to come all at once but when does any of this happen? how will they catch me up on the back pay for UI or will they just prolong these payments for months just getting my 230 weekly?I never even got email or anything about the 600 but i know we are all entitled to it if we were accepted for unemployment but I never heard anything.Am I suppose to hear about it or just wait and see?And again how will they be paying me that? All at once? Weekly? Please someone help me figure this out. It’s been on my mind nonstop. I’ve been struggling for months out here. Thanks

It should be all at once..and it woukd go onto your debit card if thats how u chose to be oaid. Just check and make sure that your state does retroactive pay…I believe most states do! And you can tell by how many certifications you did when u filed would claim. I did 39 all at once! If u did alot like that u should be getting the back pay!

Okay so i had requested for a backdate to march 18th, and when someone picked up they told me i was eligible at first. They called back shortly saying they denied it due to the fact that i gave a bad reason for them to back date it. So they told me to make an appeal. What should i tell them? Or whats a good reason to back date it?

In Virginia. I am a 1099 employee and I missed the deadline (july 31) by only a few days to receive the $600 FPUC retroactively even though I qualified for it. Like many, I had no idea that 1099 employees would qualify as this has never been policy and in Virginia we weren’t informed of this temporary policy change. Sadly, Virginia is denying my claim for retroactive benefits under the guise of, “you snooze, you lose”. I filed an appeal arguing that many 1099 independent contractors were never made aware of the unexpected change in policy (that now 1099 would also qualify for benefits and FPUC) and that denying 1099 employees specifically who missed the deadline because they were never informed of this major policy shift is in fact discriminatory. Not expecting much out of it knowing Virginia, but I am trying.

I am in the same situation in Virginia

You can make reference to unemployment insurance program letter No. 16-20 from Assistant Secretary John Pallasch. It very clearly answers this question and says you don’t need to demonstrate good cause per the CARES act. So they are breaking the law if they say otherwise.

Tell them that per the U.S.department of labor claimants do not have to show good cause to backdate PUA claims. So you don’t have to have a good reason, any reason is good enough.

What did you tell them was your reason to backdate it? Why did u not back date it in the first place? It asks u when the last day u worked was. Thats when ur claim starts paying u. If it was a typo tell them it was a typo? Or u can tell them u didn’t know u could apply just for the pandemic benefits….even if u didn’t qualify for regular unemployment….u have been out of work all this time struggling…not knowing u could have had some assistance. Alot of people did not know they could receive just the pandemic benefit.

I have no clue what to do since this is my first time claiming unemployments as well as being notified that I could apply but very late. I was approved for both PUA and the extra $600. Email says I’ll get the $600 payment separately with each week that I certify by September 23rd. Im not sure whether I need to reach out to unemployment through email or not because no-one it picking up when I call :(. Any suggestions?

Briana same here! I received the same exact email. I still haven’t received not one payment!

i received the same exact email and still haven’t gotten my back pay for the $600! it’s been about 2 weeks or so since i got the email!

u got to call so they they can summit claim for backpay

What state r u in and what day did u file your claim?

hi im still trying to get my backpay from regular unemployment and get the $600 aswell i live in nj but i applied late because i could never get through. (august late, but my email said i was approved anyways for both.) anyways can someone help me out and give me the number so i can call to get these handled please.

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Six extra benefits you can get if you're on universal credit - including 50% off travel

The benefit, which rolls six support schemes into one, is available as a top up to your wages or as a monthly income for anyone unable to cover their outgoings

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Almost 3million more people have joined universal credit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as a result of job losses, salary cuts and the high street lockdown.

The scheme, which rolls six benefits into one, is available as a top up to your wages or as a monthly income for those unable to cover their outgoings.

The benefit was initially introduced to help those on low incomes - but it is also available to anyone who is at risk of poverty and out of work.

In terms of savings, it won't be paid out if you have more than £16,000 in a rainy day fund (this applies per couple where relevant).

We've got a full guide on how to apply for universal credit, here .

Right now, the Government is advising anyone at risk of debt to apply for the scheme.

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This includes people who have lost their jobs and self-employed workers who are experiencing a shortfall in work or have had to self-isolate. In short, anyone who is experiencing financial difficulty because of coronavirus is being asked to apply.

It can be paid in addition to mortgage holidays, water bill discounts and council tax breaks.

But what other help can you claim once you're on the new six-in-one benefit and how can you access the extra support?

Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said: "These are challenging times, but claiming benefits doesn’t have to be challenging. If you need help, our staff are here to simplify the system and make sure you’re getting the right level of support.

"We are helping people to access the support they need, and Universal Credit unlocks a wide range of extra help with essential bills, such as housing, travel and childcare costs."

What help can I get from Universal Credit?

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Up to 85% of childcare costs can be reimbursed through Universal Credit. Employed claimants can claim up to £646.35 per month if you have one child and up to £1,108.40 for two or more children. For more information visit the Understanding Universal Credit website .

You can get up to 50% off train and bus travel if you are eligible for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card. This can help you get to interviews and appointments as well as other journeys you make. Those receiving Jobseekers Allowance may also be eligible.  

Not having 'work clothes' doesn't have to stop you accepting a job . A Flexible Support Fund is available to help you cover the costs of starting work. This money does not have to be paid back, and can cover the costs of things like clothing and uniforms to start work, and travel to interviews.

If you are having a child, you may be entitled to a one off payment known as the Sure Start Maternity Grant . Households on Universal Credit can benefit from a one-off payment of £500. This does not have to be paid back and will not affect the benefit payments you receive.  

You could save on your Council Tax bill and in some cases you may not need to pay anything at all. Depending on your circumstances and where you live you may be eligible for a Council Tax Reduction. Apply for one online at gov.uk .  

You can get help to start saving . The government’s Help to Save scheme offers people who receive Universal Credit, and some people entitled to Working Tax Credit, incentives to save anything from £1 up to £50 per month. After two years of saving, the government will give you an extra 50p for every £1 you have saved.

Applicants can get additional support with a Universal Credit application through Citizen Advice's Help to Claim service.

The charity can help with all aspects of your application, or you can visit your local Jobcentre for further support.

If you are unsure about something relating your Universal Credit claim call the DWP’s Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644, or visit the Understanding Universal Credit website.

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Getting Universal Credit if you’re sick or disabled

If you have difficulty working because you’re sick or disabled, you might:

  • get more Universal Credit
  • not have to look for work while you get Universal Credit

If the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) agree you can’t work, they’ll check if you can get ready to work in the future.

If the DWP think you can get ready to work

They’ll say you have 'limited capability for work' (LCW).

You won’t have to look for work. You might have to do tasks to get ready for work - like training or writing a CV. ​​

You won't usually get extra money if you have LCW.

If the DWP don’t think you can get ready for work

They’ll say you have 'limited capability for work-related activity' (LCWRA).

You won’t have to work or do anything to get ready for work. You'll usually get £390.06 extra each month.

You’ll usually start getting the extra money after 3 months. There are some situations where you’ll get it straight away, for example: 

if you’re terminally ill and your health professional says you might not live more than a year

if you get new style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with a support or work-related activity component

You can  check the full list of reasons why you might get the extra money earlier . You’ll need to open the heading ‘If you’re sick or disabled’. You can also talk to an adviser .

If you already have to do some work-related requirements, the DWP might decide you can stop them earlier than 3 months.

If you’re moving to Universal Credit from other benefits

Universal Credit is replacing 6 benefits called ‘legacy benefits’. These are:

  • Housing Benefit
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Working Tax Credits (WTC)
  • Income Support

You might have to move to Universal Credit if your situation changes in certain ways - for example if you separate from your partner or move to a different council area.

You might also have to move to Universal Credit if you get a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) telling you to claim Universal Credit by a certain date. The letter is called a ‘migration notice’.

You can still move to Universal Credit if neither of these things have happened, but it’s important to think carefully. If you apply for Universal Credit:

  • any legacy benefits you're getting will end
  • you won't be able to go back to any of the legacy benefits in the future - even if you’re appealing a benefit decision

Find out more about moving to Universal Credit from other benefits .

If you were getting a benefit with a severe disability premium (SDP)

You might get an extra amount in your Universal Credit if you were getting, or recently stopped getting, a benefit with a severe disability premium (SDP).

What you need to do depends on whether you’ve had a migration notice.

If you’ve had a migration notice

The DWP will usually include your SDP when they work out how much Universal Credit you’ll get. This is because the DWP might add an extra amount to your Universal Credit to stop you being worse off than you were on your old benefits. The extra amount is called a ‘managed migration transitional element’.

You might not get a managed migration transitional element if:

  • your old benefits have already stopped
  • you get more money from Universal Credit than your old benefits

If you don’t get the managed migration transitional element, you might still get an extra amount because of the SDP. You’ll need to apply for Universal Credit within a month after you stop getting the benefit with the SDP. You can’t get the extra amount if you:

  • were only getting the SDP with Housing Benefit
  • move in with a partner who is claiming Universal Credit
  • stop being eligible for the SDP

If you’re not sure when to apply for Universal Credit, talk to an adviser .

If you haven’t had a migration notice

To get the extra amount, you’ll need to apply for Universal Credit within a month after you stop getting the benefit with the SDP. You can’t get the extra amount if you:

Before 27 January 2021, you couldn’t claim Universal Credit if you were getting, or recently stopped getting, a benefit with an SDP. If you applied for Universal Credit before 27 January 2021, talk to an adviser . They can help you work out what you’re entitled to.

Tell the DWP you have difficulty working

It’s important to show you have LCW or LCWRA as soon as possible.

If you're making a new claim, use the application form to tell the DWP about your disability or health condition. You should explain how the disability or condition makes it hard for you to work.

If you're already getting Universal Credit, use the ‘Report a change of circumstances’ tab on your online account or call the Universal Credit helpline.

Universal Credit helpline

Telephone: 0800 328 5644 Telephone (Welsh language): 0800 328 1744 Textphone: 0800 328 1344

Relay UK - if you can't hear or speak on the phone, you can type what you want to say: 18001 then 0800 328 5644

You can use Relay UK with an app or a textphone. There’s no extra charge to use it.  Find out how to use Relay UK  on the Relay UK website.

Video relay  - if you use British Sign Language (BSL).

You can  find out how to use video relay on YouTube .

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

Get a fit note

You’ll also need to send the DWP a ‘fit note’ from your doctor. The fit note confirms your disability or health condition to the DWP.

You can get a fit note from your:

  • GP or another doctor
  • registered nurse
  • occupational therapist
  • physiotherapist

Your fit note will be either printed or digital. If you’re not sure which kind you’ll get and how you’ll get it, check with the healthcare professional.

If you get a printed fit note, check that the healthcare professional has signed it.

If you get a digital fit note, check that it includes the healthcare professional’s name.

If the healthcare professional hasn't either signed your fit note or included their name, it could be rejected by the DWP and you might have to get a new one.

You should always keep your fit note - you might have to pay for a replacement if you lose or delete it.

It’s a good idea to add your fit note to your online account. If you have a printed fit note, you’ll need to take a photo of it to upload. If you can’t upload the fit note, write a message in your journal to explain the problem to the DWP.

If you can’t get a fit note,  talk to an adviser .

Check if you can get LCW or LCWRA automatically

To get LCW or LCWRA, you’ll usually need to fill in another form and go to a medical assessment. This process usually takes a few months.

In some situations you won’t have to fill in the form or go to an assessment - you’ll get LCW or LCWRA automatically.

You might get LCW or LCWRA automatically if you:

  • are pregnant
  • were getting Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) when you applied for Universal Credit
  • are over State Pension age and getting other benefits
  • are in hospital or quarantine
  • are having cancer treatment, or recovering from it
  • have a serious illness

You're pregnant

You should get LCWRA automatically if working or getting ready for work could be a risk to your health or your baby's health. Tell your work coach and make a note on your online account.

You’ll need to wait 3 months to get the extra money. If you already do some work-related requirements, the DWP might decide you can stop doing them before 3 months.

They might still ask you to complete a UC50 form - especially if you have another health condition or disability.

You get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you have LCWRA, you’ll get the extra money straight away.

You might still need to fill in the UC50 form and go to an assessment - it depends which type of ESA you get.

If you get new-style ESA

If you’re in the ESA support group, you'll automatically have LCWRA.

If you’re in the ESA Work-Related Activity Group, you’ll automatically have LCW.

If you already have LCW or LCWRA for new-style ESA, you don't need to fill in another form or have a medical assessment for Universal Credit.

The DWP might still say you need another assessment for your Universal Credit claim, but you don't. If the DWP say you need another assessment, you can challenge your Universal Credit decision .

If you got old-style ESA

You can get LCW or LCWRA straight away if you:

  • were getting ESA in the ESA support group or the Work-Related Activity Group
  • claimed Universal Credit before you stopped being eligible for ESA

You'll still have LCW or LCWRA on Universal Credit as long as there's no break between your old-style ESA claim and your Universal Credit claim.

The DWP might send you a UC50 form to check you’re still eligible for LCW or LCWRA.

You're over State Pension age and getting other benefits

You'll get LCWRA automatically if you're over State Pension age and getting either:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) with the 'enhanced daily living component'
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with the 'highest rate care component'

You’ll need to wait 3 months to get the extra money.

You'll get LCW automatically if you're getting either:

  • PIP, but not the enhanced daily living component
  • DLA, but not the highest rate care component

The DWP should also send you a UC50 form to check if you should be getting LCWRA instead of LCW. If they don’t, call the Universal Credit helpline or request it through your online account.

You're in hospital or quarantine

If you go into hospital or drug or alcohol rehab for at least 24 hours, update your Universal Credit online account as soon as you can.

You'll have LCW while you're in hospital. You'll also have LCW after you come out, if the DWP agree you need time to recover.

You'll also have LCW if you've been given official notice not to work because you have an infectious disease.

The DWP should also send you a UC50 form to check if you should be getting LCWRA. If they don’t, call the Universal Credit helpline.

You’re having cancer treatment, or recovering from it

You're likely to have LCWRA if you're:

  • being treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • likely to start treatment in the next 6 months
  • recovering from treatment

You might also have LCWRA if you're getting other cancer treatments - like immunotherapy, biological treatment or hormonal treatment. If you're being treated with any of these and the DWP decide you don't have LCWRA, talk to an adviser .

The DWP will usually still send you a UC50 form to complete . This includes a section on cancer treatment.

You’ll usually need to wait 3 months to get the extra money.

If you have a terminal illness and might not live more than a year

You'll always have LCWRA. You can stop doing work-related requirements and get the extra money straight away.

You don’t need to complete a UC50 form. You’ll need to send the DWP a medical report from a doctor or another health professional. The report will be on form SR1. You don’t have to pay for it.

Ask your doctor or another healthcare professional to email the report to the DWP to save time.

You have a serious illness

There are some treatments and conditions where you'll get LCW or LCWRA automatically. If you have LCWRA, you might need to wait 3 months to get the extra money.

You'll still need to put a note on your online account mentioning your diagnosis and explaining how your illness or treatment stops you working or preparing for work.

You’ll have LCW if you're having:

  • weekly dialysis
  • plasma exchange
  • intravenous feeding

Your LCW will continue if you've finished one of these treatments and the DWP agree you need time to recover. The DWP should also send you a UC50 form to check if you should be getting LCWRA.

You don’t need to complete a UC50 form. You’ll need to send the DWP a medical report from your doctor or another health professional. The report will be on form SR1. You don’t have to pay for it.

Ask your GP or consultant to email the report to the DWP to save time.

If you don’t have LCW or LCWRA automatically

The DWP will send you a form called ‘UC50’. They’ll use the form to decide if you should get LCW or LCWRA. Check how to get ready to complete the UC50 form .

If you think you should have got LCW or LCWRA automatically without the form or assessment, you can ask the DWP to change their decision .

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  • Benefits entitlement

Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024

Guidance on getting extra payments to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

  • Guidance for Northern Ireland

This page will be updated when more information is available. Check back for updates or sign up for email alerts .

You may be able to get up to 5 payments to help with the cost of living if you’re getting certain benefits or tax credits.

You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. This includes if you’re found to be eligible at a later date.

If you have had a message asking you to apply or contact someone about the payment, this might be a scam .

These payments are not taxable and will not affect the benefits or tax credits you get.

Low income benefits and tax credits Cost of Living Payment eligibility

You may be entitled to up to 3 Cost of Living Payments of £301, £300 and £299 if you get any of the following benefits or tax credits on certain dates:

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance ( JSA )
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance ( ESA )
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit

Universal Credit

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

The payment will be made separately from your benefit payments.

You will not get a payment if you are only getting New Style ESA, contributory ESA, or New Style JSA.

If you have a joint claim on the qualifying dates, a single payment of £301, £300 and £299 will be sent using the same payment method used between these dates, if you’re eligible.

£299 Cost of Living Payment eligibility

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £299 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of Universal Credit for an assessment period that ended in the period 13 November 2023 to 12 December 2023.

Income-based  JSA , income-based  ESA , Income Support and Pension Credit

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £299 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of income-based  JSA , income-related  ESA , Income Support or Pension Credit for any day in the period 13 November 2023 to 12 December 2023.

You are also eligible if you are entitled to one of these benefits for any day during this period but you do not receive a benefit payment because your entitlement is between 1 penny and 9 pence.

Tax credits

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £299 if you received a payment of tax credits for any day in the period 13 November 2023 to 12 December 2023, or if you later receive a payment for any day in that period.

£300 Cost of Living Payment eligibility

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £300 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of Universal Credit for an assessment period that ended in the period 18 August 2023 to 17 September 2023.

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £300 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of income-based  JSA , income-related  ESA , Income Support or Pension Credit for any day in the period 18 August 2023 to 17 September 2023.

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £300 if you received a payment of tax credits for any day in the period 18 August 2023 to 17 September 2023, or if you later receive a payment for any day in that period.

£301 Cost of Living Payment eligibility

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £301 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of Universal Credit for an assessment period that ended in the period 26 January 2023 to 25 February 2023.

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £301 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of income-based  JSA , income-related  ESA , Income Support or Pension Credit for any day in the period 26 January 2023 to 25 February 2023.

You are eligible for the Cost of Living Payment of £301 if you received a payment of tax credits for any day in the period 26 January 2023 to 25 February 2023, or if you later receive a payment for any day in that period.

When you will not be eligible: DWP benefits

You will not be eligible for the Cost of Living Payment if your benefit is reduced to £0 for the qualifying period. This is sometimes called a ‘nil award’.

Reasons your benefit may be reduced to £0 include:

  • you got more than one payment of earnings in your Universal Credit assessment period
  • your or your partner’s earnings went up
  • your or your partner’s savings went up
  • you started getting another benefit
  • you got a ‘sanction’ because you did not do something you agreed in your claimant commitment

You may still be eligible for a Cost of Living Payment if your benefit is reduced to £0 and one of the following applies:

  • money was taken off your benefit for other reasons, such as payments of rent to your landlord or for money that you owe
  • you had a hardship payment because you could not pay for rent, heating, food or hygiene needs

When you will not be eligible: tax credits

You will not be eligible for the Cost of Living Payment if your tax credits entitlement for the tax year is below £26.

Payment dates for low income benefits and tax credits Cost of Living Payment

If you’re getting both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, you will receive a Cost of Living Payment for Child Tax Credit only, which will be paid by HMRC .

If you’re getting tax credits from HMRC and a low income benefit from DWP , you cannot get a Cost of Living Payment from both HMRC and DWP . You will usually be paid by DWP only.

Your payment might come later, for example if you’re awarded a qualifying benefit at a later date or you change the account your benefit or tax credits are paid into. You will still be paid the Cost of Living Payment automatically.

If you have received a Cost of Living Payment, but we later find that you were not eligible for it, you may have to pay it back.

This guidance will be updated with the payment dates before each payment starts.

Disability Cost of Living Payment eligibility

You may be entitled to a Disability Cost of Living Payment of £150 if you’re getting any of any of the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance for adults
  • Disability Living Allowance for children
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

You must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) of one of these benefits for 1 April 2023 to get the Disability Cost of Living Payment.

If you were getting a qualifying benefit from the Ministry of Defence and a qualifying benefit from  DWP , you will get a Disability Cost of Living Payment from  DWP  only.

If you receive a Disability Cost of Living Payment, but we later find that you were not eligible for it, you may have to pay it back.

Guidance on the Disability Cost of Living Payment is also available in easy read format. Disability Cost of Living Payment easy read ( PDF , 2.45 MB , 8 pages )

Payment dates for the Disability Cost of Living Payment

Most people were paid the £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment automatically between 20 June 2023 and 4 July 2023.

Payments were made to people who were getting a qualifying disability benefit from  DWP  before payments to people who were getting a qualifying benefit from the Ministry of Defence.

Your payment might come later, for example if you’re awarded a qualifying benefit at a later date or you change the account your benefit is paid into. You will still be paid the Cost of Living Payment automatically.

Report a missing Cost of Living Payment

You can report a missing Cost of Living Payment if you think you should have had one of the following payments but you cannot see it in your bank, building society or credit union account:

  • £301 paid between 25 April 2023 and 17 May 2023 for most people
  • £300 paid between 31 October and 19 November 2023 for most people
  • £299 paid between 6 February and 22 February 2024 for most people
  • £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment paid between 20 June 2023 and 4 July 2023 for most people

Do not report the same missing payment more than once. We will reply to you as soon as we can.

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

If you’re entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024, you will get an extra £150 or £300 paid with your normal payment from November 2023.

The full amount of Winter Fuel Payment (including the Pensioner Cost of Living Payment) you will get for winter 2023 to 2024 depends on when you were born and your circumstances during the qualifying dates.

You can get a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024 if you were born before 25 September 1957.

You will be sent a letter in October or November telling you how much Winter Fuel Payment you’ll get if you’re eligible.

2022 Cost of Living Payments

This guidance is about Cost of Living Payments being made in 2023 and 2024. You can read about the Cost of Living Payments in 2022 in separate guidance.

Find out what other  benefits and financial support you might be able to get to help with your living costs .

Use an independent  benefits calculator  to find out what benefits you could get.

You may be able to get other kinds of support, including:

  • help from the Household Support Fund from  your local council  in England
  • the  Discretionary Assistance Fund  in Wales
  • a  Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant  in Scotland
  • Discretionary Support or a Short-term Benefit Advance  in Northern Ireland

Added guidance on how to report a missing £299 Cost of Living Payment.

Added the qualifying dates and payment dates for the £299 Cost of Living Payment for low income benefits and tax credits.

If you were expecting a £300 Cost of Living Payment (paid between 31 October and 19 November 2023 for most people) and have not received it, you can now report it missing.

Updated timings for the £299 Cost of Living Payment from 'spring 2024' to 'by spring 2024'.

Added the qualifying dates and payment dates for the £300 Cost of Living Payment for low income benefits and tax credits.

You can now report a missing Disability Cost of Living Payment by telephone.

Added guidance on how to report a missing £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment.

Added easy read guidance about the Disability Cost of Living Payment.

Added the qualifying date and payment dates for the Disability Cost of Living Payment.

Added link to report a missing £301 Cost of Living Payment for low income benefits and tax credits.

Clarified that you will not get a Cost of Living Payment for a low income benefit if your benefit is reduced to £0 because you got a ‘sanction’ because you did not do something you agreed in your claimant commitment. But you may get a Cost of Living Payment if you had a 'hardship payment' because you got a 'sanction'.

In the section about the Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, corrected the eligibility date for the Winter Fuel Payment. You can get a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024 if you were born before 25 September 1957, not 24 September as the guidance previously said.

The £301 Cost of Living Payment for people on tax credits and no other low income benefits will be paid between 2 and 9 May 2023 for most people.

Published the eligibility dates and payment dates for the £301 Cost of Living Payment for people on a low income benefit.

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