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DWP: Government outlines recipients of £650 cost-of-living payment

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As energy, fuel and food prices continue to rocket, the Government has put in place financial help that around eight million households will be able to access. Termed ‘cost-of-living payments’ the amounts will start going out from next month, but there are some things that you need to know.

The payment is a total of £650 but this will be paid in two instalments. The first instalment of £326 will start going out from Thursday, July 14. It will be paid to low-income households on benefits, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Then, the second portion of the one-off £650 payment will follow in the autumn. The payment is part of support worth £1,200 that vulnerable households will receive this year. Also included in the support package is the £150 council tax rebate, which has previously been announced.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese 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 £37 billion cost-of-living support package that will put an extra £1,200 into the pockets of those most in need,” reports PA.

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Legislation to confirm the £650, as well as the other elements of the Government’s support package, is being laid today, Wednesday, June 15.

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. In July, more than eight million people will get their first £326 payment to help with rising prices, as part of a package worth at least £1,200 for vulnerable families. I said we would stand by people when they needed help, and we are.”

Under the Government’s plan, pensioners will also receive a £300 payment in November/December alongside the winter fuel payment in a move costing £2.5 billion while £150 will be paid by September to individuals receiving disability benefits. Every household in the country, regardless of how well off they are, will get a £400 discount on energy bills, raising concerns the move will further fuel inflation.

The Chancellor announced the emergency cost-of-living support package last month, saying £5 billion of the package would be paid for by a levy on the profits of oil and gas giants, and around £10 billion will be covered by extra borrowing.

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