Older people on a low income are urged to apply for the Household Support Fund now. It does not affect any benefits you may receive and does not have to be paid back.

People must live in the Dorset Council area and:

• have savings of less than £10,000
• be of state pension age

You can apply online, get help from a friend, visit your local Citizens Advice office, or make an appointment with a Dorset Council digital champion at a library to complete the application.

Other cost of living payments: what people will get and when:

All the following payments are automatic for eligible people. They do not affect any current benefits you are receiving and do not need to be paid back.

• All domestic energy customers will receive a one-off rebate of £400 from their energy providers. It will be automatically added to your energy account over 6 months, from October 2022. If you have a prepayment meter, the £400 will be added to your meter or you’ll be given vouchers.
• Households on low income means tested benefits, including Universal Credit and Pension Credit will automatically receive £650 in two instalments: £326 by 31 July and £324 this autumn.
• Households on Tax Credits only will automatically receive £650 in two instalments: £326 this autumn and £324 in winter.
• People on qualifying disability benefits will receive £150 in September, which can be as well as the £650, depending on your circumstances.
• Pensioner households will get an extra £300, which will be paid as an increase to your winter fuel payment to be paid from mid-November.