Cost of living payment - Discretionary Scheme

The Welsh Government has provided additional funding to each local authority to enable them to provide support under a discretionary scheme, to help households considered to be in need of assistance with their living costs. 

Torfaen County Borough Council's discretionary scheme will be used to support the following households that meet the criteria detailed below.

A payment of £150 will be made to households who have their sole or main residence in Torfaen and were in receipt of a Free School Meal payment in February 2022. The payment will be made directly into the bank account in which you received the Free School Meal payment.

A payment of £150 will be made to households where:

  • The person was liable for council tax and lives in the property as their sole or main residence on the 15 February 2022 AND is in receipt of one of the following exemptions or reliefs:
    • Occupied by all students and are in receipt of a class N exemption on their council tax
    • Occupied by under 18 year old who live independently and are in receipt of a class S exemption on their council tax
    • Care Leavers who are 18 or over and in receipt of a class X exemption on their council tax
    • Severely mentally Impaired and in receipt of a class U exemption on their council tax
    • Band F – I properties who are in receipt of a disablement band reduction 
  • The person was liable for council tax and lives elsewhere to receive care or provide care on the 15 February 2022 AND is in receipt of one of the following exemptions or reliefs:
    • Vacant property where the liable party has moved to receive care (other than a care home) and is in receipt of a class I exemption on their council tax OR
    • Vacant property where there liable party has moved to provide care and is in receipt of a class J exemption on their council tax

Where we hold current direct debit details on council tax accounts we will look to make payment directly into bank accounts. 

  • Updated 25th August 2022: Payments for these accounts will be made by the 30th August 2022. A letter confirming the payment has been made will be sent to you. 

Where we do not hold current direct debit details we will send a letter inviting you to apply for the above payment.

If you do not receive a letter of invitation you can not register for this payment. 

If you are unsure as to whether you qualify based on the information above, you can use our eligibility checker to find our more.

Last Modified: 25/08/2022
For more information contact:

Call Torfaen

Tel: 01495 762200

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