Households in selected areas of the UK will receive a payment of £65 in the coming months to help them cope with the cost of living crisis.

Residents who currently receive Council Tax Allowance due to low income can receive benefits if they live in certain areas of York.

It is part of a Department for Work and Pensions scheme run by local councils.

The money comes from the State Household Support Fund and is intended to support residents in a cost-of-living crisis.

If there are children in the family, there will be an additional payment of £20 for each eligible child.

While the first batch of payments arrived in people’s bank accounts on 9 December, the DWP stressed that eligible claims submitted after 12 December 2022 would be paid on 25 March 2023.

The fund is expected to be used to support households most in need; especially those who may not be eligible for other support recently provided by the government, but are nonetheless in need.

Residents do not need to apply for these payments.

If you currently pay council tax by direct debit, the payment will be made to the same bank account by 25 March.

If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be sent a voucher which you can exchange for cash at the post office.

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