THOUSANDS of households in Flintshire and Wrexham will get a cash payment from July to help ease cost of living pressures.

After ministers confirmed initial payments would begin from July 14, the Department for Work and Pensions has now revealed how many people in each part of the country will receive the new financial support. They have also revealed that the disability top-up will land in bank accounts in September.

These figures show that nearly one in four families will receive the means-tested benefit cost of living payment of £326, whilst nearly one in ten of the population will get the £150 disability top-up.

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In Flintshire, 17,500 households will receive the payment, 9,600 in Wrexham and 9,400 in Clwyd South. 

Work and Pensions Secretary, Thérèse Coffey said: “With millions of the lowest-income households soon seeing the first of two cash instalments land into their bank accounts, we are taking action to directly help families with the cost of living.

“This one-off payment totalling £650 is part of our £37 billion cost of living support package that will put an extra £1,200 into the pockets of those most in need.”

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Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart said: “Thousands of households across Wales will receive this direct and targeted support in the coming months to ease the pressures that many people are experiencing.

“Tackling the challenges around the cost of living is a key priority for the UK Government and these cash payments show that we will take the necessary action at the time it is needed.”

The second instalment of £324 will be sent to qualifying low income households from the Autumn. The payments are designed to be deliberately slightly unequal to minimise fraud risks from those who may seek to exploit this system.

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The eligibility date for the second instalment will be announced soon. If customers are eligible through receiving tax credits only, HMRC will contact them and issue payments automatically, with the first instalment being made from autumn. DWP will administer payments for customers on all other eligible means-tested benefits, and customers do not need to contact them or apply for the payment.