Local Member of Parliament Damien Moore has welcomed the arrival of the second Cost-of-Living payment worth £300 for 12,100 vulnerable and low-income households across Southport from the 31st of October 2023, as part of the Government’s record £94 billion Cost-of-Living support package.
Eight million households across the UK in receipt of eligible means-tested benefits, such as Universal Credit, Pension Credit, or tax credits, will benefit from the second of three Cost-of-Living payments totaling £900 in 2023-24. These payments help low-income and vulnerable families affected by rising prices driven by Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This latest payment builds on the Cost-of-Living payments made last year worth up to £1,200, and forms part of the Government’s record financial support for the most vulnerable, worth an average of £3,300 per household.
The payment will be made automatically so there is no need to apply, and it will not count towards the benefit cap or impact on existing benefit awards.
Further support will also be made available for vulnerable households later this winter. Winter Fuel Payments have been boosted again this year with an additional £300 Pensioner Cost-of-Living payment.
In addition, nearly three million low-income households are eligible for a £150 rebate on their winter electricity bills through the Warm Home Discount, and the Cold Weather Payment is coming into effect from 1 November 2023 to provide eligible households an extra £25 a week when the temperature drops below zero degrees for more than seven days.
The Conservative Government is taking immediate steps to support hardworking families with the cost of living while working to halve inflation and taking long-term decisions that are in the best interests of the country.
Commenting, Local Member of Parliament for Southport, Damien Moore, said:
“I welcome the additional £300 Cost-of-Living financial support payment to assist 12,100 of our most vulnerable households and communities across Southport, as part of the Government’s £94 billion Cost-of-Living support package.
“From providing the £150 ‘Warm Home Discount,’ the £300 ‘Winter Fuel Payment,’ or the £2 billion ‘Household Support Fund,’ I will continue to campaign for additional financial support to relieve the significant Cost-of-Living payments affecting our most vulnerable households and communities."
Mel Stride, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:
“Tackling inflation is the best way to boost people’s incomes, but as we work to halve it, we are protecting the most vulnerable households from high prices with this latest Cost of Living payment.
“Thousands of Work Coaches based in Jobcentres across the country are on hand to help people find work or enhance their skills, and I encourage anyone wanting to strengthen their finances and unleash the benefits of work to contact their local Jobcentre to see what help is available.”