Thousands of Solihull households to get next cost of living payment from April - The Solihull Observer

Thousands of Solihull households to get next cost of living payment from April

Solihull Editorial 28th Mar, 2023   0

THOUSANDS of low-income households will receive the next set of Cost Of Living Payments from next month, says the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The cash support for 22,000 Solihull means tested benefits claimants includes people on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits.

The DWP say the first installment of £301 will go directly into bank accounts between April 25 and May 17.

There will also be further payments worth £150 for around 21,000 eligible disabled people in Solihull.

Pensioners may also be eligible for £300 later this year.

This comes after two payments totaling £650 which have already been made to more than eight million households across the UK.

Mel Stride, secretary of state for Work and Pensions, said: “These payments will give a financial boost to more than eight million households as we continue to wrap our arms around the most vulnerable, while the best way we can protect people from high costs is to halve inflation by the end of this year.

“In the long-term, we know work is the best route out of poverty, which is why we recently announced additional work coach support to help more people find work or increase their hours.

“Anyone looking to boost their skills or progress their career should speak to their work coach to ensure they’re accessing all the support the DWP can provide.”

To be eligible for the Cost of Living Payment, residents need to have been entitled to a payment for one of these benefits between January 26 and February 25 2023, or payment for an assessment period ending between these dates.

The DWP is also encouraging low-income pensioners not already getting Pension Credit to check their eligibility, as they can still qualify for the £301 Cost of Living Payment if they make a successful backdated Pension Credit application by May 19.

Low-income households are also encouraged to contact their local council to see what support is available for essential food and energy costs through the Household Support Fund.

Those who are eligible for the payment solely through tax credits and are not eligible through DWP means-tested benefits will be paid by HMRC shortly after DWP payments begin.

HMRC will publish specific details of when payments will be made to these customers along with the bank account payment reference.

Eligible residents will not need to apply or contact the Government at any stage to receive the payments.

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