Being aware of money changes this October can really help get finances in order, and ensure you stick to a budget.
So what money changes are incoming?
Let’s find out.
The second Cost of Living Payment is due to arrive this autumn.
This payment will be for £300.
Although an exact date hasn’t been given, it’s expected ‘in the autumn’, and Money Saving Expert’s Martin Lewis suggested it could be October or November.
Those eligible will be receiving at least one of the following benefits:
The Energy Price Cap, which limits the amount energy companies can charge per unit of energy, will be reset on October 1, 2023 – and it is due to fall.
It’s currently set at £2,074 which means that a typical household bill would be capped at this level, but the new price cap will run from October 1 to December 31 and be £1,923 for a direct debit customer.
The cap will be £1,949 for those on prepayment meters, £2,052 for standard credit tariffs, and £1,298 for Economy 7 (electricity-only Direct Debit).
So you’ll pay less for the same amount of energy – but remember that the cap isn’t an actual cap on bills but of units of energy, so the more you use, the more you’ll pay.
It’s important to take a meter reading around October 1 so you are charged for what you use.
The Office for National Statistics will release the inflation rate on October 18 – this shows how much you’d expect to pay for a typical basket of goods and services.
These have a bearing on decisions around interest rates – although the Bank of England’s next announcement is set for November 2.
The government’s Warm Home Discount scheme reopens in October, giving a one-off discount on electricity bills (£150 in 2022).
In England and Wales, you qualify if you either:
In Scotland you qualify if you either:
The discount should be applied automatically, and you can use the online eligibility checker from October.
The price of a first-class stamp is set to rise from October 2.
It will rise by 14% for a standard letter – the second increase this year following the price hike in April from 95p to £1.10.
This will push the cost up from £1.10 to £1.25 – and the advice is to stock up on stamps now.
The £2 cap on bus fares (not including London, Greater Manchester, Merseyside or West Yorkshire, as they are already capped) was extended in May by the government to help in the cost of living crisis.
From October 31, this will increase to £2.50 – this new cap will last until November 2024.
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