Last month, the Government announced a £15 billion package to support millions of households across the UK struggling with the rising cost of living.
The package includes a discount on energy bills, a one-off cost of living payment for those on means-tested benefits and disability benefits, and a £500m increase to the Household Support Fund.
Discount on energy bills
Households will receive £400 of support with their energy bills through the expansion of the Energy Bills Support Scheme. This will be deducted directly from your energy bill.
The Government has not yet explained whether, or how this money will be available to people on heat networks without domestic electricity meters.
More than eight million of the lowest-income households will receive a £650 one-off payment, which applies to people on a range of benefits.
It will be paid directly to households in two lump sums, one paid from July (although possibly not in July) and another in the autumn.
In September, those in receipt of disability benefits will receive a one-off payment of £150.
Household Support Fund
The Government is also providing an extra £500m of local support, via the Household Support Fund, which will be extended from October to March 2023.
In the meantime, you can view the National Housing Federation’s webinar to find out the latest information on what support is available and how housing associations are working in partnership with the council to provide support to people during the cost of living crisis.