8 Million to receive new cost of living payment

More than eight million households across the whole of the UK will get a cash payment of £650 to ease cost of living pressures.

The first instalment of £326 will be paid from 14 July, and the eligibility date for the second instalment of £324 will be announced soon.

In addition to the £650 for households on benefits, there will be a separate £300 payment for pensioners, and a £150 payment for disabled people, which can be paid on top of the £650 payment.

This is on top of £400 for all households to help with energy bills, and an extra £150 for properties in Council Tax bands A-D, meaning millions of the lowest-income households will receive at least £1,200 in support this year.

The Government has also expanded support for the Household Support Fund – which helps people with food and energy bills – with an extra £421 million, on top of £79 million for devolved nations; the total value of this support now stands at £1.5 billion.

Find out more