The UK Government has today started paying hundreds of pounds in cost-of-living support to more than 11,000 families in the Scottish Borders.
Payments of £324 from the UK Department for Work and Pensions have started to be paid today (Tuesday). They will reach the bank accounts of approximately 10,600 families across the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency.
Scottish Borders MP John Lamont said the payments were “very welcome” and praised the UK Government support as “essential help at this time of crisis and hardship.”
The payments will go to approximately 689,000 families across Scotland and eight million claimants across the United Kingdom.
The £324 payment comes after a £326 payment earlier this year, and is part of a wider package of measures to assist Borderers with their bills.
John Lamont MP said:
“These crucial payments from the UK Government will be very welcome news for more than 11,000 families across the Scottish Borders.
“They will be worth hundreds of pounds to each family, providing essential help at this time of crisis and hardship.
“This support package will help ease the burden for the most vulnerable this winter.
“There are no easy solutions to the global economic crisis, as we pay the price of the Covid pandemic and spiralling inflation caused by Russia’s appalling war in Ukraine.
“It is a very difficult time but I know the UK Government is determined to act decisively and deliver vital help with the cost-of-living crisis to people in the Scottish Borders.
“We must see the SNP Government step up and do its part to support people too, instead of cynically viewing the cost-of-living crisis as a means to score political points and create division across Scotland and the whole United Kingdom.”