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Welfare benefits news

The latest welfare rights service news.

Cost of living help

The government has announced a Cost of Living Payment. This is £650 paid in 2 lump sums for people receiving:

  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Tax credits

And a further £150 if you are in receipt of a disability benefit.

You'll need to be entitled to one of these benefits on 25 May 2022 to receive the payment.

If you're of pension age and on a low income you may be able to claim Pension Credit and have it backdated to before 25 May 2022 and so qualify for the Cost of Living Payment. To do this you'll need to have claimed Pension Credit before 25 August 2022. Contact the benefits helpline if you would like more information or to find out if you can claim.

If you're entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment you'll get an extra £300 in addition to these payments.

Derbyshire discretionary fund

The fund may be able to help you during an emergency or crisis situation and to support you to continue to live independently or cope with exceptional pressure when you have no other source of funding.

The fund may support you to resolve your immediate difficulties and also puts you in touch with other support and services, so it's less likely to happen again.

There are 2 types of awards potentially available from the fund, called:

  • exceptional pressure grant
  • emergency cash payment

Find out more about the Derbyshire discretionary fund.

Household support fund

The household support fund (HSF) is available to help Derbyshire residents facing financial hardship over the coming months by providing grants and other financial support.

The HSF was originally provided to us by the Department for Work and Pensions to cover the period October 2021 to the end of March 2022. In the Spring Statement the Chancellor announced further HSF funds to cover the summer period up to 30 September 2022.

All payments and financial support provided by the fund must be awarded before the fund closes on 30 September 2022.

Payments are in addition to any support received from the Derbyshire discretionary fund,

Benefits advice and support from Derbyshire welfare rights

You can get more advice and support from us by email or tel: 01629 531535