The Daily Telegraph

Cash support for disabled to help ease cost of winter bills

- By Alexa Phillips

One-off cost of living payments will begin to be paid to around six million disabled people from today.

The Government is paying disabled people an extra £150 on top of other support in recognitio­n of the additional energy costs often associated with specialist equipment.

The lump sum is not means-tested but is only available to those receiving an eligible disability benefit.

The vast majority of the support is expected to be paid out by the end of the month, the Government has said.

Campaigner­s have previously warned that the support does not go far enough to help disabled people, who face high care and mobility costs.

Many disabled people have no choice but to use more energy to charge vital equipment and keep warm.

The payment is part of a package of measures introduced to help with soaring living costs.

More than eight million low-income households have already started receiving the first of two payments totalling £650.

The first instalment of £326 was issued to households on means-tested benefits from July. The second payment of £324 is expected later this year.

All households will also start receiving £400 off their energy bills from October, with the discount made in six instalment­s throughout the winter.

Under a new energy price guarantee announced by Liz Truss this month, energy bills for the average household will be limited to £2,500 for the next two years. Households currently pay an average of £1,971 a year.

More details of plans to help households are expected this week, with the Prime Minister due to outline a “mini Budget” on Friday.

More than eight million pensioners who receive the winter fuel allowance will also be paid a one-off “pensioner cost-of-living” payment of £300.

People with disabiliti­es are likely to be targeted by scammers as they start receiving the £150 payment, fraud experts have warned.

The support will be given automatica­lly, so any texts or emails asking recipients for personal details will be from scammers.

People could be eligible if they receive the following: the disability living allowance, personal independen­ce payment, attendance allowance, Scottish disability benefits (adult disability payment and child disability payment), armed forces independen­ce payment, constant attendance allowance, or the war pension mobility supplement.

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