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Cost-of-living support payments from the UK Government are set to benefit thousands of families and individuals across the Western Isles over the coming months, says Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron.

They are part of a £37 billion package being delivered by the UK Government to help ease the pressure on those struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.

Two payments totalling £650 will be delivered to low income households across the islands with the first landing in accounts on July 14 and the other instalment in September.

Those eligible will receive a £150 top-up disability payment in September too.

In total 2,900 local families will receive the cost-of-living payment while a further 3,200 individuals will receive the £150 disability payment.

Donald Cameron MSP says this targeted support shows the UK Government have stepped up and has recognised how tough times are right now for families and households across the Western Isles.

Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron said: “Many households across the islands are struggling with the effects of the cost-of-living crisis now. They are seeing energy, food and fuel bills rise and are having to make increasingly tough decisions.

“That is why this intervention from the UK Government is very welcome. They have recognised the pressures people are facing and this will deliver support to those who need it most.

“This money will go directly into your bank account if you are eligible and hopefully ease the pressure whether you are putting fuel in the car or paying for the weekly shop

“Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need support, and if you have any issues receiving the payment.”

Parliamentary constituency

Families eligible for the means-tested payment

Individuals eligible for the disability payment

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

2,900

3,200