Nearly one in 4 households throughout the UK will mechanically obtain £326 – the primary of two cost-of-living funds – between in the present day and 31 July as a part of a authorities bid to ease rising prices for essentially the most susceptible.

The roughly eight million low-income households that qualify for the scheme will obtain a second instalment of £324 within the autumn, taking the full as much as £650. Separate funds for pensioners and disabled folks will probably be made later this yr, in response to the Division for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The 2 lump sums have been made “intentionally barely unequal” to “minimise fraud dangers from those that might search to use this technique”, stated the federal government.

The cost is a part of an emergency cost-of-living bundle introduced by the then chancellor Rishi Sunak in Could, and is to be paid for partially by a windfall tax on oil and fuel firms. 

In an announcement, Sunak stated: “We now have a duty to guard those that are paying the best value for rising inflation, and we’re stepping as much as assist.”

Who’s eligible?

The 2 funds will go to qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Eire, for these receiving means-tested advantages similar to Common Credit score, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Help Allowance, Revenue Help, Working Tax Credit score, Little one Tax Credit score and Pension Credit score.

To be eligible for the primary instalment, folks will need to have began a profitable advantages declare by 25 Could.

When will eligible households obtain their funds?

The primary instalment will attain the financial institution accounts of round a fifth of these eligible in the present day, whereas some recipients must wait till 31 July.

Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, instructed Sky Information this morning that “over 1.6 million households will probably be receiving £326 of their financial institution accounts in the present day to assist them with the price of dwelling”.

Households on Common Credit score instructed the i information website that that they had been counting on receiving the cost-of-living assist in the present day. One 37-year-old from south London stated she had been “clinging onto the 14 July date” after her fridge broke per week in the past.

“It’s going to be a case of checking it the subsequent day and the subsequent day and the subsequent day. It’s a little bit of a nightmare,” she added.

What different assist is accessible?

All households are set to obtain a £400 power low cost in October, whereas these dwelling in properties in council tax brackets A-D may also obtain a £150 council tax rebate. It means the poorest households are set to obtain some £1,200 in assist this yr.

Additional authorities assist features a separate £300 cost for pensioners, and a £150 cost for disabled folks, which will probably be paid on prime of the £650 for these eligible.

The buyer group Which? instructed the BBC that the additional cash would “carry aid to many”. However coverage director Rocio Concha added that “the success of those measures will in the end be judged by whether or not monetary assistance is attending to essentially the most susceptible in time to assist them by way of this cost-of-living disaster”.