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Cost of Living, Housing Expenses income support energy assistance

In response to the challenges posed by the cost of living, there may be various assistance programs, grants, and funding options available, such as the Cost of Living Payment, energy bill discounts, and winter heating payments. These programs can provide much-needed support to individuals and families facing financial difficulties and help alleviate the burden of the cost of living. If you require any further assistance are or unsure about what you may be entitled to please contact us on 0300 303 4321 or your nearest Bureau.

Cost of Living Payment 2023/24

Households on means tested benefits, will receive a payment of £301 from DWP between 25th April and 17th May. 

This is the first of three payments for those eligible and on means tested benefits such as Universal Credit or Pension Credit.
Further payments worth £150 for eligible disabled people and £300 for pensioners due later this year.

Energy Bill Discount

£400 off energy bills for households in Great Britain from this October.

This automatic, non-repayable discount will be applied in six instalments between October 2022 and March 2023 to help households through winter.

Energy providers are paying this automatically and will not ask for your bank details for this.

Food Banks

Foodbanks can help people and families struggling with an increase in expenses during the current crisis. Across Dumfries and Galloway there are lots of foodbanks that can help

Winter Heating Payment

Winter Heating Payment is to help people on low income benefits who might have extra heating during winter. Social Security Scotland pays this to people living in Scotland.

It replaces the Cold Weather Payment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and has the same eligibility requirements. 

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