WNC to provide further financial support to pensioners and vulnerable people

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) will be providing further financial support to pensioners and vulnerable residents as part of the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) extended Household Support Fund.

Eligible pensioners will receive a one-off payment of £100 in the form of a Post Office Payout voucher (similar to a store voucher) which may be cashed, paid directly into a bank account, or used to pay a utility bill.

Pensioners who receive the Pension Credit payment and also are already in receipt of disability payments from the DWP will be able to apply for a top up payment £50 food voucher.

Those pensioners eligible for the voucher will receive a letter enabling them to claim the payment from any Post Office branch. To receive the funds all they will need to do is take their letter to their local Post Office, along with official form of identification (further details will be provided in their letter).

Councillor Matt Golby, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health at West Northamptonshire Council, said: “We understand how the cost-of-living crisis is affecting people’s lives so it’s really important this second round of government funding goes to those who need it most and it’s great to see these arrangements are in full swing.

“Partnering up with the Post Office also enables us to provide pensioners with a flexible form of payment which they can either use towards paying their bills or spending on essentials to help support them this summer. We are working closely with local community and voluntary organisations to ensure we reach households suffering severe financial hardship who may otherwise slip through the net.

“Residents do not need to contact the council to apply for this funding unless they are claiming their disability top up payment – all eligible households will instead be contacted and offered support. Residents facing financial difficulties should visit our Cost of Living Support webpage for details of the other support available.”