Millions of people on Universal Credit and benefits face longer than expected waits for their £650 living payment.
more than eight million families Assistance will be received, which will be paid in two installments.
But the latest plans indicate that this final payout could be much higher than expected by the end of the year.
In the small print of a bill due to pass today’s Commons, the final installment could be paid by the end of December, according to Mirror,
This will be a major blow to the families facing mega £830 energy bill increase in October.
Ofgem’s boss warned that the price range would increase from £1,971 to around £2,800 at this point.
This means that households may not meet their significant cost of living in time when bills are set to rise.
they tax credit claim Their £650 cost of living will also be delayed.
1.5 million people claim the tax credit – and although an exact date for payment has not been set, they will receive assistance in the autumn and winter.
People who qualify for cost of living payments can receive tax credits, among other benefits.
So those people pay £650 tax credits To avoid any double payment will be carried out only at a later date.
A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “The £650 cost of living for those on means-tested benefits is being deliberately given in two payments to support the budget.
“It also ensures that the second installment can be paid to any newly eligible claimants even if they have not been paid the first installment
“It also reflects other support being paid, such as £400 for energy bills in October, and means that all recipients of the second installment receive it closer to the coldest months of the year.”
Additional Cost of Living Support You Can Get Now
If you’re still struggling to make ends meet, you can get help while you wait for your living expenses.
council tax bill
Certain low-income households may be eligible for an exemption on their Council tax bill.
You can reduce your bill to zero, and with an average bill of £1,898 for a Band D household, this can be a significant savings.
Find out what you can get in our guide.
Energy Bill Grants & Vouchers
Many suppliers offer energy bill assistance through hardship funds and grants of up to £750 – you don’t need to pay cash.
British Gas just added to its Energy Trust an additional £2million Fund to help struggling customers.
Contact your supplier directly to see what they offer, what the eligibility requirements are, and how much you can get.
If you are on a prepayment meter you may be able to get One-time fuel voucher from your energy supplier,
domestic assistance fundWhich helps families with rising cost of living has been extended.
This assistance may include a cash grant to pay the bills or cover the cost of food – assistance will depend on where you live.
For example, Blackpool residents can get as much as £300, depending on their circumstances.
To find out what support is available in your area, contact local council.
councils also have welfare assistance scheme Those who help low-income families with necessities like food and other bills.
£150 council tax exemption
£150 will be paid to four out of five households to help cover the cost of rising energy bills.
The cash is being given out by council as a one-time payment instead of a discount on your normal council tax bill.
You will get this if you are in Council Tax Band AD, although a discretionary fund is also available for families that are not eligible and will pay £150.
You don’t need to make this cash back payment, but you may need to apply to get it if your local authority doesn’t have a direct debit or bank statement on record for you.
Here’s everything you need to knowabout the plan
Rent and Accommodation Assistance
Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) There is a little-known pot of money given by councils to meet the rent shortfall and help with deposits.
Financial aid available to recipients benefits For accommodation in England and Wales.
Each local authority gives DHP cash to those in need on a case-by-case basis, and the amount available may vary.
So you’ll have to talk to your council to see where you are.
Here are more ways to get help – From water bill discounts to cheap broadband tariffs if you are on the go.
you can get £3,000 in help While you wait to pay for your cost of living – here’s how.
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