UK households will get £500 summer Cost of Living payment as 'one off'

Summer Cost of Living payments worth £500 are coming for UK households - as a "one off". Ribble Valley Borough Council has decided to provide struggling households with food vouchers with some households able to claim cost of living help worth up to £500.

On 6 March 2024, in the Spring Budget, the Conservative Party Chancellor announced that the Household Support Fund (HSF) would be extended for a further six months, from 1 April 2024 to 30 September 2024, with a further £421m of funding.

The fund is distributed to Unitary and County Councils. The Department for Work and Pensions has recently confirmed that Lancashire County Council (LCC) will be given £9.6 million to support those most in need to help with significantly rising living costs.

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Lancashire County Council (LCC) will be distributing a proportion of this funding to District Councils. LCC have confirmed that Ribble Valley will receive £116,379. The voucher amounts which can be applied for include £200 for single households and £300 for households with two or more adults residing.

There is also £500 for households with children (household with a child is a household containing any person who will be under the age of 19 at the time of award or, a person aged 19 or over in respect of whom a child-related benefit (for example, Child Benefit) is paid or FSMs are provided.

The local authority stated: "The applications will open on 24 June 2024 and will run whilst sufficient funding is available (please note the funding is very limited and will be distributed on a first come basis). Only one application per household. PLEASE NOTE: if you received a voucher as part of the HSF4 application round- 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 (including vouchers issued between April and June 2024) you will not be eligible to apply for a voucher."