Due to unprecedented global problems ranging from the pandemic to war in Ukraine, the global economy is struggling. So while it is impossible for any government to solve every problem, our priority now is to help the millions of families struggling with the cost of living.
Yesterday we announced £9 billion to support the most vulnerable households, including pensioners. This is made up of:
By doubling the October £200 rebate to £400 and turning it into a cash grant. It is only fair that we should support ordinary working families as well as those on the lowest incomes. So we are doubling the £200 rebate and removing the “clawback mechanism” which will remove families’ need to repay the rebate. The rebate will continue to be delivered by energy suppliers from October, with payments spread over 6 months.
Overall, this package will benefit the lowest-income households by £1,200 – with some households receiving £1,650:
Over three-quarters of our support will go to the most vulnerable households, including pensioners.
Consequently, for example, people in the following categories will be thousands of pounds better off this year than last year: