AROUND 10,300 Rugby households will receive Government Cost of Living payments over the next year to help with rising bills.
After confirming the payment schedule for five cost of living payments through the 2023-24 financial year, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced more detail on the support.
The DWP estimates 10,300 households on means-tested benefits in the Rugby Borough Council area will receive Cost of Living Payments totalling £900 during the year.
Around 8,500 individuals on disability benefits in the area are also due to get a £150 Disability Payment this summer, while pensioners will get £300 next winter.
The support follows on from up to £1,200 in support for low-income households in 2022.
People claiming Universal Credit, tax credits, Pension Credit, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support may be eligible for the payments.
Eligible individuals do not need to apply for payments, as they are made automatically. Anyone eligible for cost of living payments through tax credits, and no other means-tested benefits, will be paid by HM Revenue and Customs shortly after DWP payments are made.
The Government said exact payment windows and qualifying periods for eligibility will be announced in due course.
Payment windows will be broadly as follows:
- £301 – First 2023/24 Cost of Living Payment – Spring 2023
- £150 – 2023 Disability Payment – Summer 2023
- £300 – Second 2023/24 Cost of Living Payment – Autumn 2023
- £300 – 2023 Pensioner Payment – Winter 2023/4
- £299 – Third 2023/24 Cost of Living Payment – Spring 2024