Energy bills are rising sharply – prompting calls for more government help.
Millions of households have already received a first cost-of-living support payment – and another 1.1 million will get the payment from 2 September.
More help is due – including discounts on everyone’s bill from October. But all eyes are on the new prime minister and whether they will offer additional support this winter.
Two payments totalling £650 are being made to more than eight million low-income households who receive the following benefits:
The first instalment of £326 was paid to about seven million of these people between 14 and 31 July. The payments were made automatically into bank accounts – usually marked “DWP Cost of Living”.
The 1.1 million people who only receive tax credits, rather than any of the other benefits, have had to wait longer.
Their first payment is also automatic, and will be paid straight into bank accounts by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) between 2 and 7 September. That will…