Thousands of households across Daventry will receive £1,200 as part of a new £15 billion package to help with cost of living.
Today, the Chancellor announced a series of measures to support households, especially those who are vulnerable. This includes:
- ALL households to receive a £400 grant as part of Energy Bills Support Scheme
- £650 one-off Cost of Living Payment for those on means tested benefits
- £300 one-off Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
- £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment
- £500m increase to Household Support Fund so Councils can provide targeted support to those in need.
This is in addition to £150 Council Tax rebate for households in Council Tax bands A-D and will benefit almost all of the 8m most vulnerable households across the UK. You can find out more details about each of the schemes (and how you might be eligible) below.
Energy Bills Support Scheme
- Households will receive a one-off £400 to support with their energy bills.
- Energy suppliers will provide this support to households with a domestic electricity meter over six months from October. Direct debit and credit customers will have the money credited to their account, while those with pre-payment meters will have the money applied to their meter.
Cost of Living Payment
- More than 8 million vulnerable households will receive a payment of £650 in two instalments (first in July, the second in the autumn). This payment is tax-free and will count towards the benefit cap. This will apply to those on:
- Universal Credit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Pension Credit
Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
- Pensioner households will receive an extra £300 as a one-off payment. Eligible households currently receive between £200-300 through the Winter Fuel Payment so this will be at least double the support this winter.
- You are eligible for this payment if you are over State Pension age (66 or above) between 19-25 September 2022.
Disability Cost of Living Payment
- Around 6 million people who receive the below disability benefits will receive a one-off payment of £150 this September:
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- War Pension Mobility Supplement
- For disability benefit recipients who receive means tested benefits, this £150 will come on top of the £650 they will receive separately and not count towards the benefit cap.
Household Support Fund
- The Household Support Fund is being increased by £500 million to ensure Councils and Local Authorities can support those struggling with the cost of food, energy and water bills.