Cost of Living Payment

Page updated on: 27/10/2022

Cost of living payment - discretionary scheme

The Welsh Government has provided additional funding to each local authority to enable them to provide support under a discretionary scheme, to help households considered to be in need of assistance with their living costs.

The following groups have been approved to receive discretionary payments under the Cost of Living scheme. Closing date: March 31, 2023

 

1. A £150 payment will be made to key vulnerable groups that were excluded from the main scheme, irrespective of which band the household is in.

  1. The person liable for Council tax lives in the property as their main or primary residence on 15 February 2022 and continues to be
  2. Are not eligible for a payment from the main Cost of Living scheme, and
  3. Receives a 100% Council Tax exemption for one of the following reasons:
  • Exemption Class I – Receiving Care - that is, the property has been left unoccupied due to the fact that the occupier has had to leave the property to receive care, e.g. in hospital long term or a care home or even moved in with children to receive care
  • Exemption Class J – Providing Care – the property has been left unoccupied due to the fact that the occupier had had to leave their property to provide care for someone else at another location e.g. moved in with parents/children to provide care
  • Exemption Class U – Where the property is solely occupied by individuals that are Severely Mentally Impaired (SMI)
  • Exemption Class X - Care Leavers 

Please note this applied only to properties identified and qualify for the Council Tax Exemption. Those households that have relevant Discount Disregard do not qualify.

N.B.  The Council Tax charge is based upon the number of people living in a dwelling. If you are 'disregarded' it means that we do not count you when we work out the number of people living in there.

When counting the number of people living in a dwelling, if there is just one person living there, a 25% discount may be granted. If all the residents at a dwelling are 'disregarded' a 50% discount may be granted

 

2. £150 payment will be made to Class S households and £75 payment per Class K and N households.

  1. The person liable for Council tax lives in the property as their main or primary residence on 15 February 2022 and continues to be
  2. Are not eligible for a payment from the main Cost of Living scheme, and
  3. Receives a 100% Council Tax exemption for one of the following reasons:
  • Exemption Class K – Unoccupied property which was the home of one or more students (exemption lasts as long as the person who would normally pay the council tax bill remains a student)
  • Exemption Class N – Occupied only by Students
  • Exemption Class S – Occupied by under 18 year olds

Please note this applied only to properties identified and qualify for the Council Tax Exemption. Those households that have relevant Discount Disregard do not qualify.

N.B.  The Council Tax charge is based upon the number of people living in a dwelling. If you are 'disregarded' it means that we do not count you when we work out the number of people living in there.

When counting the number of people living in a dwelling, if there is just one person living there, a 25% discount may be granted. If all the residents at a dwelling are 'disregarded' a 50% discount may be granted

 

3. £150 payment will be made to a household in a Council Tax Band E, F, G, H and I where a Disability Band Reduction(DBR) has been awarded to reduce the band and where the household was not eligible for a payment under the main Cost of Living scheme. You must be in receipt of the band reduction on 15 February.

 

4. A £150 payment will be made to Foster Carers (identified by social services)

Method of processing

All the above households will be identified from the Council Tax billing System. Qualifying people will get an automatic bank transfer where we already hold bank account details.

If no details are held, letters will be issued confirming their eligibility along with instructions of how to claim the award.

The letter will contain a unique activation key which when entered along with Council Tax reference number and personal details that will enable you to claim online.

You must be residing in the property on 15 February.

 

5. A £50 payment will be made to the Following groups

  • Families with 3 children or more on housing benefits
  • Those on a benefit Cap
  • You must be in receipt of the benefit on 15 February

This will be paid direct by BACS bank transfer, as details are already held

 

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