£200 East Riding cost of living payments for low income households available now

Some 2.7 million households are struggling with poor living conditions due to high energy bills and a lack of insulation
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Payments worth £200 to help with the cost of living are available for eligible East Riding households to claim now.

The payments are aimed at struggling households to help with covering costs for groceries, as well as energy, gas or water bills. East Riding Council's Revenues and Procurement Director Gillian Barley said she hoped the payments would help those who are having an extremely tough time amid the cost of living crisis.

It comes as the council approved the fifth round of its aid to families supported by the Government's Household Support Fund. The package, worth around £2.061m, follows the £10m already paid out under the scheme since October 2021.

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Low income families with children of all ages, pensioners, unpaid carers, care leavers, the disabled and single-person households are all able to apply. People who previously applied for and received cost of living grants from April 2023 to March 2024 are set to receive the latest payments automatically.

Payments will also be made automatically to households in receipt of council tax support and the money is set to be sent out by the end of July. Households which have not previously received payments can apply online or by phone until the end of August.

Grants are due to be paid within 20 days of applications being made. The wider cost of living support package approved by the council's Cabinet last week includes around £1m to cover the cost of free school meal vouchers during holidays until October.

It also includes £50,000 for food banks which is set to help an estimated 10,000 people. Funding worth £50,000 is set to be used to provide small white goods to 290 households with a further £50,000 to replace central heating systems in 50 homes.

Measures also include £15,000 to supply fuel to 40 households whose heating systems run on oil. Council Children and Families Portfolio Holder Cllr Victoria Aitken said she was concerned about the effect on those in receipt of free school meal vouchers if support is withdrawn.

Speaking at last week's Cabinet meeting, the portfolio holder said: "I'm terrified of a cliff edge because I believe there are families who have become dependant on free school meal vouchers and who expect it. Existing funding for free school meal vouchers covers the October half term but it doesn't cover the Christmas holidays, we need to look at an exit strategy for this."

The Cabinet heard the estimated cost of covering free school meal vouchers over the Christmas holidays was £240,000. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced in March that national backing for Household Support Funds would continue for a further six months.

Funding is set to run until the end of September but the future of the scheme beyond that remains uncertain. Council Revenues and Procurement Director Ms Barley said the money is available right now.

The director said: "I would urge people to please check to see if they are eligible and apply online. Please tell your friends and family about this fund because it may just help."

To apply for the grants, click here or call 01482 393393. More information about support for East Riding households available here.