Over eight million households to get new cost-of-living payment from 14 July

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"I said we would stand by people when they needed help, and we are" - Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.

More than eight million households across the whole of the UK will get a cash payment from July to ease cost of living pressures, as the Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey sets out detailed plans today.

The first instalment of the £650 for qualifying low income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will land in bank accounts from 14 July 2022, continuing to the end of the month.

The move will see millions of households initially £326 better off as the government delivers significant interventions to support groups who are most vulnerable to rising costs. In total, millions of households will receive at least £1,200 from the government this year to help cover rising costs.

Work and Pensions Secretary, Thérèse Coffey said:

With millions of the lowest-income households soon seeing the first of two cash instalments land into their bank accounts, we are taking action to directly help families with the cost of living.

This one-off payment totalling £650 is part of our £37 billion cost of living support package that will put an extra £1,200 into the pockets of those most in need.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak added:

We have a responsibility to protect those who are paying the highest price for rising inflation, and we are stepping up to help.

In July over 8 million people will get their first £326 payment to help with rising prices, as part of a package worth at least £1,200 for vulnerable families. I said we would stand by people when they needed help, and we are.

The second instalment of £324 will be sent to qualifying low income households in the Autumn. The payments are designed to be deliberately slightly unequal to minimise fraud risks from those who may seek to exploit this system.

The eligibility date for the second instalment will be announced soon.

Low-income households are benefiting from government support in a variety of different ways this year as global inflationary pressures, exacerbated by the unjust war in Ukraine, have caused prices to rise for several essentials. The government understands that many people are worried about the impact these rising prices will have on their household finances, which is why £37 billion of support is being provided to boost budgets and mitigate the worst of these pressures.

Support includes the direct payment of £650 for over 8 million households on benefits, 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. This is all in addition to changes to the Universal Credit taper rate and work allowances worth £1,000 a year on average for 1.7 million working claimants, a rise in the National Living Wage to £9.50 an hour, and a tax cut for around 30 million workers through a rise in National Insurance contribution thresholds.

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. Fuel duty was also cut by 5p per litre for 12 months in March 2022, and alcohol duty has been frozen for 2022/23.

  • You can read more about the government’s cost of living support and what is available here.
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  1. We have been in austerity since David Cameron, we have also had a higher vat than before…so we are being given some of our money back? Too little too late, there are thousands of people who lost their mental health support and still haven’t got it back, promising zero net emissions when most of us can’t afford environmentally damaging EVs. Oxford City is ZEZ only and yet plenty of delivery lorries, taxis and buses are allowed. They are not ZEZ, some of us can not use public transport because of anxiety issues and feeling socially awkward.
    We still haven’t finished with the eu, we gave millions of tax payers to the French to stop the crossings and instead they make sure they escort them to the border. They shouldn’t even be getting here! First safe country….the UK isn’t that for sure and every eu country that allows them to travel through Europe and on to the UK are complicit in this illegal movement of people. They should be held accountable! Dozens of new ones have been caught trying to groom girls, yes girls days after they arrive. They get rid of any papers before they get here…it is totally unacceptable and the worst bit, the government knew we are all fed up with the way they are being treated like royalty and yet they have done nothing for this country and get everything whilst 250,000 are still homeless!

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