More than eight million UK households will receive a cash payment from July to ease pressure on the cost of living
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now confirmed exactly how many people from parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive the support.
Full payment breakdown by area
Figures from the DWP show that 1.22 million households in London will be eligible for the cash payment, while 1.05 million households in north-west England will receive it.
Around 426,000 households in Wales will receive the £650, in addition to 689,000 people in Scotland and 309,000 people in Northern Ireland.
The full breakdown by area, number of households and percentage of people entitled to the £650 is as follows:
- London – 1,224,000 – 15%
- Southwest – 580,000 – 7%
- Southeast – 846,000 – 10%
- East – 627,000 – 8%
- West Midlands – 792,000 – 10%
- East Midlands – 551,000 – 7%
- Northwest – 1,048,000 – 13%
- Northeast – 397,000 – 5%
- Yorkshire and Humber – 722,000 – 9%
- Wales – 426,000 – 5%
- Scotland – 689,000 – 8%
- Northern Ireland – 309,000 – 4%
When is the first installment paid?
The first installment of £326 will be paid to millions of low-income households from July 14, the DWP has confirmed. The second installment of £324 will follow from the autumn.
The funding date for the second payment will be announced shortly, the DWP said.
If customers are only eligible by receiving tax credits, HMRC will contact them and arrange payments automatically, with the first installment coming from the autumn. DWP manages payments for customers for all other eligible means-tested benefits and customers do not need to contact them or request payment.
Who is entitled to the £650 payment?
The payment of £650 is only paid to those claiming means-tested benefits, which take your income and savings into account.
Eligible applicants include the following:
- universal credit
- Labor Tax Credit
- child allowance
- pension credit
- Income-related unemployment benefit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- social care
Those who miss out will still benefit from some of the other living expenses payments being introduced by the government.
Pensioners will receive a £300 payment of £2.5bn in November/December alongside the winter fuel payment, while £150 will be paid through September to those receiving disability benefits.