Around 5,000 pensioners will receive another £100 cash boost over the next few days as part of a £2.6m Government scheme to help local people with rising costs.
Pensioners that receive council tax support will be sent a £100 voucher that can be cashed at any post office. This follows a similar payment in October last year bringing the total support to these people to £1m.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This boost for pensioners is just the latest measure from the council using Government cash which has put millions of pounds into the pockets of people in North Lincolnshire to help deal with global inflation.
“This process is simple, easy and safe – there is no application process, those eligible will get a letter that can be taken to Post Offices to get £100 in cash in their hand.”
All pensioners receiving full or partial council tax support will get the £100. There is no need to pay it back and those living in homes in all council tax bands are eligible. The vouchers have to be cashed within 60 days of receiving them.
The money comes from the Government’s Household Support Fund. As well as support pensioners on the lowest incomes, the fund has helped 3,400 struggling households with grants and provided food vouchers to 7,500 households on the lowest incomes.
The grants scheme has now closed but should open again in April thanks to planned further Government support.
North Lincolnshire’s Cabinet will discuss Household Support Fund at its meeting on Monday 6 February 2023.