Local MPs Ben Everitt and Iain Stewart have welcomed the news that 30,100 families across Milton Keynes will receive £324 from the Conservative Government this month as the latest Cost of Living Payments begin to be sent out THIS WEEK.
Households which claim qualifying means-tested benefits during the eligibility period will be automatically paid £324 this month. This direct support is part of the Conservative Government’s £37 billion package of cost of living support, including up to £1,200 worth of direct help for vulnerable households.
In addition to means-tested cost of living support, the Energy Price Guarantee will help to keep household energy bills as low as possible – saving the typical household £700 this winter. The £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme will also help every household with the cost of energy this winter.
The payments, starting today from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), are made directly, with no need to apply or do anything to receive it.
Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “This Conservative Government has always been committed to supporting the most vulnerable people across the country and that’s what we’re doing in Milton Keynes.
“30,100 families will receive their second Cost Of Living payment worth £324 from today as part of a huge wider package of support which has included a freeze in the cost of energy.
“We know the impact of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine and the recovery from Covid is causing a cost of living crisis around the world and we will continue to work to protect those most in need as much as we possibly can.”
Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “Households are facing rising living costs in the wake of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine and it is right that vulnerable households in Milton Keynes are supported.
“I welcome the news that 15,600 families in Milton Keynes South are eligible for their second means-tested cost of living payment worth £324 this month.
“These payments will give families much needed support this winter and protect the most vulnerable in the face of rising prices.”
Mel Stride, the Work and Pensions Secretary, added: “We understand that people are struggling and that is why we’ve acted to ensure millions of low-income families are supported this winter.
“As part of a wider £37 billion package of support, this latest £324 payment shows we are committed to helping our most vulnerable manage the rising cost of living.”
Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, commented: “Prices are rising across the world as we manage the aftershock of Covid-19 and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. We recognise that families back home are struggling, which is why we’ve taken decisive action to hold down energy bills this winter and provided hundreds of pounds of cash support for each vulnerable household.
“As part of that support, over 8 million vulnerable households – almost a quarter of families in the UK – will automatically receive a second cost of living payment worth £324 in their bank account from today.
“And while we can’t completely protect people from rising prices, my priority at the upcoming Autumn Statement will be to protect the poorest in society as we take the tough decisions necessary to fix our public finances.”