JAMES Grundy has welcomed the arrival of a second cost of living payment for vulnerable and low income households across the constituency.

As part of the government's £94 billion cost of living support package between 2022 and 2024, the second of three £300 payments will be made to millions of struggling families across the country.

In Leigh, 13,900 households are estimated to be eligible for the cost of living payments, which are made automatically to those on means-tested benefits, such as Universal Credit, Pension Credit, or tax credits.

Leigh Journal: The financial package is for those on means-tested benefitsThe financial package is for those on means-tested benefits (Image: Getty)

The support package builds on other cost of living payments made by the government, worth up to £1,200, and forms part of the package worth an average of £3,300 per household.

Further support is also scheduled to be made available for vulnerable households through winter fuel payments, with an additional £300 Pensioner Cost of Living payment.

Nearly three million low-income households are also eligible for a £150 rebate on their winter electricity bills through the government's Warm Home Discount, which came into effect on Wednesday, November 1.

Leigh Journal: 13,900 households are eligible for the payment in Leigh13,900 households are eligible for the payment in Leigh (Image: James Grundy MP)
Commenting, the Leigh MP said: “The Conservative Government is continuing to do everything it can to cushion households across the Leigh constituency from the impact of rising prices driven by Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The record financial support has already supported thousands of families across Leigh and the surrounding area, and this latest £300 Cost of Living payment for 13,900 eligible households will make a huge difference to the most vulnerable households and those on the lowest incomes as we move into the colder months.

“While the Conservative Government is taking immediate action to support those most in need, they rightly remain committed to halving inflation which is the best way to help everyone with the cost of living.”

Leigh Journal: Council representatives following the launch of a second phase of cost of living supportCouncil representatives following the launch of a second phase of cost of living support (Image: Wigan Council)
Wigan Council also highlighted its support for residents struggling with rising bills through its 'Here For You' campaign.

The council says that its first phase of the targeted campaign has enabled 512 residents and families to receive £465,080 in financial support packages.

A second phase of the council's cost of living support package began in September. More information can be found here.