£200 Payment to Pensioners scheme

As part of the Household Support Fund (April to September 2022), Knowsley Council has been allocated £621,000 to help support pensioners in the borough.

The council has topped up this fund with £568,000 from its own Better Together Hardship Fund, providing a total of £1.189M. This money will provide help with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and help eligible pensioners pay for household essentials such as food, fuel and energy.
Payments of £200 will be made to eligible residents, who are currently in receipt of Pension Credits. This is the Government's recommended method and uses their information to identify who should be supported.
If you are eligible, you will receive a letter from the Post Office in September or October 2022. This letter will contain the intended recipient’s details, along with a unique bar code. To claim the payment, take the letter to any Post Office branch with proof of identification. The £200 payment can then be made in cash or paid into your bank account using your debit card.

What if I am not eligible? Is there still help available? 

Knowsley Council realises that there are many more pensioners than just those in receipt of pension credits who are experiencing financial hardship in these current times.

There are a number of different ways in which you can access help and support with the cost of living. More details of these can be found on Knowsley News. 

There is also the Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund and many community organisations which can help you access practical help including food and fuel vouchers, or signpost you to other forms of support, such a debt and money advice, using the Citizens Advice Bureaux and Prescot Advice Centre. 
If you have any queries regarding the £200 Payment to Pensioners scheme (for Pensioners in receipt of Pension Credits), you can e-mail: pensionpayment@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 4042.

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