ITV News Consumer explains the extra cost-of-living support being paid to low income households, with calls growing for government to intervene over surging food and energy bills.
More than eight million households will start to receive the first of two payments totalling £650 from Thursday. Soaring energy bills - coupled with rising prices in supermarkets and shops - continue to put pressure on people, with figures showing more and more people are buying less food to get by.
Who is eligible? People may be entitled to receive the £650 in two lump sums if they are from low-income households on benefits or receive certain support, such as: – Universal Credit – Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – Income Support – Pension Credit – Child Tax Credit – Working Tax Credit
When will the payments be made? Many people will receive the first instalment of £326 between July 14 and 31, while the second payment of £324 will follow in the autumn. For those receiving Tax Credits, however, the first payment is to be made from the autumn and the second from winter 2022.
Is there any other help? Pensioner households will also receive an extra £300 to help cover the rising cost of energy this winter, while people on disability benefits will receive an extra £150 payment in September. From October, households will have £400 taken off energy bills.