Cost-of-Living Support Payment

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On 15 February the Welsh Government announced a £150 cost-of-living support payment will be provided to:

  • all households who live in properties in council tax bands A-D; and
  • all households who are recipients of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme - who live in properties in council tax bands (A-I).
  • discretionary scheme - to provide support to other households not eligible under the main scheme who may need assistance with their living costs.

Due to ongoing work in preparing the scheme please do not telephone the Authority seeking further details at the present time. We anticipate that payments will be made in early May with exact details appearing here when available.

Update 12.05.22 

 If we already hold your bank details to pay your Council Tax, and you satisfy the qualifying criteria, the £150 Cost-of-Living payment will be paid automatically directly into your bank account. There will be no need to complete an application form or take any further action to receive your payment. The ‘direct to bank’ payments will be made on the week commencing 16th of May 2022 a letter will be sent confirming that a payment has been made. 

If you do not currently pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, but you meet the qualifying criteria for the scheme, you will receive a letter authorising collection of the payment from your local Post Office.We are still working on this scheme and anticipate that payments will commence on the week starting 30th of May 2022. Due to the nature of the scheme this will take three weeks to complete. 30th of May – 20th of June with eligible recipients having a further month to collect their payment from the Post Office. 

Discretionary Scheme will also be created. This will focus on exempt properties where - the property is occupied, is someone’s sole or main residence but is exempt from Council Tax. The scheme will also provide additional support to other households which do not fit in the above criteria. If eligible you will be contacted by letter inviting you to provide details to receive payment.

Further guidance has been received from Welsh Government, we anticipate being in a position to implement / open the scheme before the end of May.

 

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Further details of the schemes including Frequently Asked Questions - Cost of Living Support Scheme: guide for local authorities | GOV.WALES

 

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