Thousands of families in Norfolk will receive £299 cost of living payments today to help with everyday costs.

HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) is making the payments to eligible tax credit customers across the county between February 16 and 22. 

This follows payments from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that began on February 6.

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This is the third of three payments totalling up to £900 for those eligible and on means-tested benefits, such as universal credit, pension credit, or tax credits.

These payments are tax-free, will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on existing benefit awards.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC director general for customer services, said: "The £299 Cost of Living Payment will deliver further financial support to eligible tax credits customers across the UK.

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"To make things as simple as possible, the payment is made automatically with no action required from HMRC’s customers.”

Anyone who has not received the cost of living payments by February 23, but believes they are eligible, should contact HRMC.

Payment from HMRC will be made automatically into the bank account where eligible customers receive their tax credits.