Cost of living: Bristol resident says food shop has increased by £30
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The second cost of living support payment worth £324 will be paid to more than eight millions households who are on means tested benefits including universal credit and pension credit from next week. The money will be paid directly into people’s bank accounts by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help people pay for essentials like food and energy bills.
Back in April when Rishi Sunak was chancellor he announced he would be making cost of living support payments to help Britons pay their bills.
While everyone will receive £400 towards their energy bills no matter what their income, people on low incomes will receive an extra £650.
Most will have received the first instalment of £326 but the second instalment of £324 will start to be paid from November 8.
However, the DWP has said it could take up to the week of November 24 to process all payments and people on certain benefits will receive their payment later.
Britons should be eligible for £650 in cost of living support payments if they receive:
- Universal Credit
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Tax Credits.
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People should qualify if they were eligible for any of these benefits during August 26 to September 25 this year.
Tax credit claimants will be paid later to prevent payments from being duplicated.
Some people might get a payment even if they didn’t qualify for the first round of instalments.
In addition, some pensioners will get an extra £300 one-off payment during the winter months.
An additional £150 cost of living support payment has been sent to people on disability benefits including Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Meanwhile, a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows it’s not just energy bills Britons are worried about, food costs are also leaving shoppers concerned.
It found the cheapest prices for some grocery staples like pasta have risen by almost two thirds (68 percent).
National Statistician Ian Diamond said: “Figures from our near real time survey of people show that while rises in food and energy costs are affecting many people across the country, those who are disabled, from certain ethnic minority backgrounds and renters are among those struggling the most.”
Bristol residents have been telling Express.co.uk the cost of the food shop is worrying them more than increasing energy bills.
One Bristol resident, 59-year-old Amanda Dean said she can now only get two bags of shopping for £95 – whereas before that would pay for a trolley full.
“At the moment it’s atrocious, to be honest. You go and do a weekly shop and it’s just gone sky-high.
“We went in the other day and spent £95.96 on two reusable shopping bags and that was with no luxuries.”
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