DWP list of who is eligible for new cost of living support payments worth £550

-Credit: (Image: Pete Stonier)
-Credit: (Image: Pete Stonier)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has outlined the eligibility criteria for new cost of living payment worth up to £550. These payments are set to be distributed this summer as part of the extended Household Support Fund, benefiting millions across the nation.

The amount each individual can receive is contingent on how their local authority chooses to utilise its allocation. Those who may qualify include Universal Credit claimants with limited work capability or earnings below the thresholds for free school meals and prescriptions.

The DWP also includes recipients of the Guarantee Credit and/or Savings Credit elements of Pension Credit, those on income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and individuals who only receive Housing Benefit in the list of potential beneficiaries.

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However, the DWP emphasises that this assistance is not exclusively for vulnerable households receiving benefits. It urges local councils to use other sources of information to identify individuals who are eligible for additional support.

This could involve suggestions or referrals from professionals such as social workers, early help key workers and family support, health visitors, and housing support officers, according to Chronicle Live.

Officials have highlighted that the Household Support Fund is aimed at assisting a broad spectrum of low-income households in need, including families with children of all ages, pensioners, unpaid carers, individuals leaving care, disabled people, larger families, single-person households, and those hit by "one-off financial shocks or unforeseen events."

The Department is urging local authorities to pay special attention to the needs of disabled residents who are finding it difficult to manage their conditions, maintain independence, and avoid social isolation. Some of these individuals are grappling with high gas and electricity costs due to the energy demands of essential medical equipment, while others face increased expenses for water or transport.

For information on how to apply, check Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council's websites or give them a call.

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