Cost of living support
- Inflationary pressures caused by the pandemic and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine are stretching family budgets.
- That is why from today over eight million families on means-tested benefits will receive the first of three Cost of Living Payments totalling £900 – with some families receiving £1,350 of support. These will be accompanied by a £150 payment for people on disability benefits, and a £300 payment on top of Winter Fuel Payments for pensioners at the end of 2023.
- This builds on support which the Conservative government has given with the cost of living over winter, paying for half of families energy bills through a windfall tax on energy profits, as we work to halve inflation, grow the economy and reduce debt.
- In the Selby and Ainstey constituency, where my wife and I now live, the government is supporting 7,700 families. In Copeland, where we still spend some of our time and have many friends, the government is supporting 8,300 families. In every constituency around the UK, thousands of families most in need are being helped.