Households set to receive the cash will be those claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Universal Credit Housing Allowance – around 16,500 households are reported to be eligible for the payment
Thousands of households in London will get a free cash payment worth £100 to help with the cost of living.
The money will be paid to households in Kensington and Chelsea through its Cost of Living Reserve fund. Households set to receive the cash will be those claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Universal Credit Housing Allowance – around 16,500 households are reported to be eligible for the payment.
The money will be automatically paid to households receiving Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reductions but those claiming Universal Credit Housing Allowance will need to make an application. You will be able to do this through the council’s website with applications opening on March 2 at 12pm. Payments of the £100 will be made to those eligible from May 1 until May 31. Each household is only eligible for one payment of £100 each.
For those who do not have a bank account, Kensington and Chelsea Council will arrange to make your payment through the Post Office. If you are not currently receiving a Council Tax Reduction, but become eligible by April 15 then you will receive the £100 cost of living payment.
Kensington and Chelsea Council will send you an email or a letter to confirm once the payment has been made however, it will not be able to give you an exact date of when your money will be paid. More information on the payment will be given to those eligible from next month.
Cllr Johnny Thalassites, lead member for finance, customer delivery and net zero said: “Inflation and energy costs have fallen in the last year, but we know many families are still feeling the pinch due to cost-of-living pressures. This £100 payment is money back in the pockets of those who need it most.
“Like many local councils, we have difficult decisions ahead in our budget plans, but we have made a commitment to become a fairer borough and by targeting support in this way we can make sure it is directed to those on the lowest incomes, where it can make the biggest difference.”
This support payment is not funded by the Government’s Household Support Fund scheme. This scheme has given each local council a pot to spend on cost of living support and how to money is spent is down to each council. Support usually ranges from cash payments to supermarket vouchers and council tax discounts.
To find out what your local council is offering you should go to its website. Usually, they will have a separate cost of living tab which details the help on offer. The Household Support Fund is running until the end of March 2024 – all councils have to have spent all their funding cash by this point. If anything is left over, it has to be returned to the central Government. This means a lot of its funding may have already been spent. However, it is always worth checking.