Hundreds of eligible low-income families across Gedling borough will receive an extra cost of living payment of more than £300 within weeks, the Government has announced.
The first instalment of this £650 support payment for households with someone on benefits will start to be paid from July 14. Most of those eligible will receive their money by the end of the month.
The £650 handout will go to households receiving universal credit, pension credit or one of the legacy benefits. It will come in two instalments – recipients will be given £326 in July and the remaining £324 in the autumn.
The dates of separate payments for pensioners and disabled people will be confirmed soon, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said.
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 £37bn cost of living support package that will put an extra £1,200 into the pockets of those most in need.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “We have a responsibility to protect those who are paying the highest price for rising inflation, and we are stepping up to help.”
The two payments are slightly different for technical reasons, to help the DWP monitor whether the correct payment has been sent and reduce the possibility of fraud from people who wrongly claim not to have received the money.
Other benefits which make households eligible for the support are income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, income support, working tax credit, child tax credit and pension credit.
They will receive the money as an additional payment rather than as an uplift to their usual benefits.