Local MP welcomes the Government’s extended cost of living payments.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has welcomed news that 7,900 families in Harrogate and Knaresborough will receive £301 from the Government as the latest cost of living payments begin to be sent out.

Further, those eligible 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 worth £900 this year for vulnerable
households receiving means tested benefits.

The payments are made directly with no need to apply.

Commenting, Andrew said: “I know the cost of living is the most important issue for many people so I am pleased the Government is continuing to protect the most vulnerable.

“These payments will give families much needed support protecting people who are most exposed to rising prices.”

Commenting, Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said: “This latest additional payment will be welcomed by millions of families – as will further payments
due over the next year.

“We have continually supported those most vulnerable to rising costs, including
through record benefits and national living wage increases as well as these exceptional Cost of Living Payments responding to the global pressures we are facing.

“We will also continue to deliver on our five priorities, including halving inflation, as this will ease pressure on households currently struggling with household bills and rising prices.”