Around 5,000 pensioners are in line for a further two £100 payments from North Lincolnshire Council to help combat global inflation.
It is proposed that pensioners that receive council tax support will be sent a £100 voucher in spring and another in autumn. They can be cashed at any post office and follows two payments made last year – taking the total support for them to £2m.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is another boost for pensioners thanks to Government cash. It is part of the council’s and the Government’s plans to help those who need it the most to combat the effects of global inflation.
“When the next two payments have been made, the total will be more than £2m which has been shared among those people – helping to pay bills, maybe topping back up savings accounts or being spent in local shops.
“This process is simple, easy and safe – there is no application, those eligible will get a letter that can be taken to Post Offices to get £100 in cash in their hand.”
It is proposed that all pensioners receiving full or partial council tax support will get the two £100 payments from the Government’s Household Support Fund with an additional £2.6m available locally from April this year.
As well as support pensioners on the lowest incomes, the fund has previously helped 3,400 struggling households with grants and provided food vouchers to 7,500 households on the lowest incomes.
It is on top of the council tax energy bill payments of £150 made to more than 60,000 families, the £400 discount from energy bills and the energy price guarantee that has been paid for by Government and has slashed bills for every household across the UK.
Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member for finance, said: “Almost 5,000 pensioners will be getting this money as we continue to use Government cash to support those on fixed incomes.
“I am sure knowing that this money is coming will be welcomed as we know inflation continues to present challenges for people across North Lincolnshire.”