Pensioners most in need set for £75 boost to help with housing payments

09:51, Friday, 11th March 2022

Around 1,200 pensioners across North Lincolnshire will get a boost worth up to £75 to help with the cost of living.

People do not need to apply for this, the money will be sent before the end of March to those who are eligible and will be on top of the Government’s £150 council tax rebate to help with energy costs for almost 70,000 homes across the area.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We have received unprecedented levels of support from Government throughout the last two years to ensure we have been able to prioritise the most vulnerable.

“Across the coming months that need for additional support is recognised and this one-off payment will make a big different to many people.”

The pensioners identified all are in receipt of housing benefit and live in towns and villages across the area, from Ashby, Bottesford, Barton, Brigg, Scunthorpe and in the Isle of Axholme.

This latest Government cash adds to the more than £200m provided into North Lincolnshire during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through the year, short-term support has been provided to people where Housing Benefit and Universal Credit has not quite met their rent costs. Among those who have been eligible, the vast majority of pensioners who could claim have not done so.

Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member for finance and governance, said: “We understand that some people need that little bit of extra help, particularly now as inflation is starting to bite.

“We are prioritising those most in need and this ensures we continue to keep people safe and well. As we emerge from the pandemic, ensuring people have a little bit of extra cash in their pockets will go a long way.”