The Bishop of Durham received the following written answers on 8th November 2022:
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked His Majesty’s Government what support individuals with No Recourse to Public Funds will be able to access this winter as part of (1) the £11.7 billion Energy Bills Support Scheme, and (2) the wider £37 billion cost of living assistance package for consumers.
Baroness Stedman-Scott (Con): The cost-of-living package is in addition to the over £22bn announced previously, with government support for the cost of living now totalling over £37bn this year. This means that eight million low-income households will get £1,200 of one-off support in total this year to help with the cost of living, with all domestic electricity customers receiving at least £400 through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. The Energy Price Guarantee is supporting millions of households with rising energy costs, and the Chancellor made clear it will continue to do so from now until April next year.
The Energy Bills Support Scheme is open to all domestic electricity customers, with additional support to eight million low-income households, irrespective of their No Recourse to Public Funds condition.
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked His Majesty’s Government how many individuals with No Recourse to Public Funds, who have made the necessary national insurance contributions, are in receipt of contributory benefits including (1) contribution-based Jobseekers Allowance, (2) statutory sick pay, and (3) state pension.
Baroness Stedman-Scott (Con): The Department does not hold the requested information.