The government has responded to the cost of living crisis with the announcement of a package of measures. Here we look at the impact on a range of different people.
Family with three children living in a council tax band D property
Like everyone else they will receive the chancellor’s £400 payment in October. They have already received the £150 council tax rebate, paid in April, so by the end of the year will have had £550 worth of government support.
Low-income pensioner living in a band C property
She will get the £300 pensioner cost of living payment which will come with her winter fuel payment in November or December. Because she receives pension credit she will also get the £650 one-off cost of living payment linked to means-tested benefits (made in two parts, one in July and one in the autumn).
Her band C home means she was entitled to the £150 council tax rebate in April. She will also receive the £400 energy discount in October.
She qualifies for the warm home discount because she is on pension credit. That will be worth £150 next winter, up from £140 last year.
Pensioner living in a band E property
This pensioner receives attendance allowance to help with their care, so they are entitled to the £150 disability cost of living payment, as well as the £300 pensioner payment.
They did not receive a council tax rebate, but will get £400 off energy bills from October.
Low-income family with two children living in a band A property
They will get £400 off their energy bill in October. They claim working tax credit so qualify for the one-off cost of living payment linked to mean-tested benefits of £650.
They have already qualified for the £150 council tax rebate. They currently don’t get the warm home discount but might do next winter as eligibility is to be expanded.
Single parent with a disability in a band C property
He does not receive any means-tested benefits so does not qualify for the £650 payment associated with those, but will get the £150 disability cost of living payment.
The £400 discount in energy bills from October and the £150 council tax rebate will partially offset his energy bill rise.
Well-off family living in a band G home
This family will get the £400 reduction from their energy bills. They did not qualify for the £150 council tax rebate, and won’t get any of the other payments.