One-off £650 payment to be given to 8,000,000 of UK's lowest income households

Rishi Sunak has said around eight million of the lowest income
households will be sent a one-off payment of £650.

The Chancellor told MPs: ‘We need to make sure that for those whom the struggle is too hard and for whom the risks are too great they are supported.’

This afternoon the government set out a package of support in the House of Commons to help people deal with the cost of living crisis, with inflation at 9% and energy bills set to rise again in October when Ofgem raises the price cap.

It comes the day after Sue Grey finally released her report into rule breaking gatherings in Downing Street while the country was in lockdown.

Boris Johnson apologised for the breaches but refused to step down, despite several Tory MPs saying that they thought he should resign.

Mr Sunak insisted that the government is ready to support those struggling to pay bills.

He said: ‘Our policy will provide a larger average payment this year of £650 whereas uprating the same benefits by 9% would be worth only on average £530.’

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On help for pensioners, Mr Sunak told the Commons: ‘From the autumn we will send over eight million pensioner households who receive the winter fuel payment an extra one-off pensioner cost-of-living payment of £300.

‘Disabled people also face extra costs in their day-to-day lives, like having energy-intensive equipment around the home or workplace.

‘So to help the six million people who receive non-means tested disability benefits we will send them, from September, an extra one-off disability cost-of-living payment worth £150.

‘Many disabled people will also receive the payment of £650 I’ve already announced, taking their total cost-of-living payments to £800.’

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