Cash payment to ease cost of living pressures

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Thousands of East Renfrewshire residents are set to receive a cash payment to ease cost of living pressures within days.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that households will receive the first of two payments, totaling £650, from July 14.

An estimated 7,300 families in East Renfrewshire are eligible for the means-tested benefit.

They will each receive £326 as their initial payment, with the second installment of £324 being paid from the fall.

Payouts are deliberately designed to be slightly uneven to minimize the risk of fraudsters trying to exploit the system.

Eligible people will be paid automatically, the same way they usually get their benefits or tax credits.

More than 8,900 East Renfrewshire residents will also be eligible for a separate £150 disability cost of living payment, to be issued in September.

The payments come on top of a £400 grant for all local households to help pay energy bills and an additional £150 tax relief for those living in Band A-D properties.

This means the lowest income households in East Renfrewshire will receive at least £1,200 in aid this year.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: ‘We know families are struggling with the rising cost of living and these payments will provide additional financial support for those who need it most.

“The UK Government is committed to helping Scots cope with rising cost pressures and, as part of a £37billion UK-wide support package, we are helping paying energy bills, changing the Universal Credit reduction rate and providing the Scottish Government with funds to enable it to repay council tax.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment.

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