22 May 2024

Charity to help elderly residents with one-off cost-of-living payment

East Riding residents over 85 who live in properties that fall in council tax bands A and B and are in receipt of council tax support will soon receive a one-off payment of £80 to help with the cost-of-living crisis.

Age UK East Riding, which had to stop providing services some years ago and is about to be wound up, is using the money left in its reserves to make the payment to about 1,300 eligible households.

Those who qualify for the payment will shortly receive a letter from Age UK East Riding and East Riding Council, which is administering the payments, giving them details of how they can collect the £80.

Darryl Stephenson, chairman of Age UK East Riding, said: “The trustees of Age UK East Riding are very much aware of the extreme financial pressures currently facing elderly people with the ever-increasing costs of energy bills and fuel.

“I appreciate that the individual payment isn’t large but hopefully it will be of some assistance to the recipient and will help us fulfil our commitment to support those elderly people in need in the East Riding.

“I would also like to thank the council for their help in getting the money to those who are in the greatest need.”

Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding Council, said: “Everyone is struggling due to the increase in the cost of living so we are delighted to help Age UK East Riding to get this payment to some of our most vulnerable residents.”

Anyone who is struggling with the cost-of-living crisis can find information and support at eryc.link/helpforhouseholds.