25 April 2023
Dunne welcomes extended Cost of Living Payments

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed that almost one in four families across the UK will receive £301 from the Government as the latest Cost of Living Payments begin to be sent out, including 7,500 families in South Shropshire.

8,000 eligible individuals in Shropshire will also receive the Government’s Disability Cost of Living Payment worth £150 again this year.

Over eight million households across the UK who claimed qualifying means-tested benefits during the eligibility period will be automatically paid £301 in their first payment this year.

This direct support is part of the Government’s £94 billion package of cost-of-living support is worth £900 this year for vulnerable households receiving means-tested benefits. The payments are made directly with no need to apply or do anything to receive it.

Commenting, Philip Dunne said:

“Today's announcement will really help households dealing with rising energy costs and the cost-of-living following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and we are taking steps to protect the most vulnerable people in South Shropshire.

“Specifically, 7,500 families in the area are eligible for a further means-tested cost-of-living payment worth £301 from today, with a total of £900 to be paid in 2023-24.

“I am pleased that the government has consistently supported the most vulnerable to these rising costs, with record benefits, national living wage increases, as well as exceptional cost-of-living payments. The government is committed to delivering on its priorities to halve inflation and grow the economy.”