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Ross welcomes cost of living support cash

By Alan Beresford

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MORAY MP Douglas Ross has “strongly welcomed” cost-of-living support being delivered by the UK government.

Moray MP Douglas Ross. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Moray MP Douglas Ross. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Mr Ross said the cash package, which was unveiled last month, will benefit thousands of people and families in Moray.

In total almost 700,000 households across Scotland will receive payments, as part of the UK government’s £37 billion initiative to ease the cost-of-living pressure.

The first payments are due to land in bank accounts from July 14, totalling £326, with a second instalment of £324 reaching low-income households in Moray in September, delivering £650 worth of support from the UK government to those most in need.

Those eligible will also receive a £150 disability top-up payment in September.

In Moray, 9000 families are eligible for the cost-of-living payment, with a further 8200 individuals eligible for the disability support payment.

Mr Ross went on to hail the scheme as a "significant intervention" by the UK government to support those who need it most during the ever-increasing cost-of-living crisis.

He continued: “This is a significant and welcome intervention from the UK government to support those who are struggling with increasing bills and the current global cost-of-living crisis.

“The Chancellor has recognised that people are dealing with rising bills like never before. This support has been targeted in the right way to those who need it most in Moray.

“Thousands of families and individuals will benefit in Moray in the coming months in order to ease some of the pressure on their outgoings like energy, fuel and food.

“The UK government are supporting almost 700,000 households across Scotland with these payments and that is before everyone will benefit from grants to get money off energy bills as well.

“Alongside my constituency office team, I am here to support anyone who needs help during this cost-of-living crisis and to ensure that those eligible will receive these payments in their bank accounts. If anyone needs further assistance, please contact my parliamentary office in Forres at any point.”

All pensioner households will receive an extra £300 to help them cover the rising cost of energy this winter.

The government has also expanded support for the Household Support Fund – which helps people with food and energy bills – with an extra £421 million, on top of £79 million for devolved nations; the total value of this support now stands at £1.5 billion. Fuel duty was also cut by 5p per litre for 12 months in March, and alcohol duty has been frozen for 2022/23.

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