Nearly 700,000 families in Scotland are being sent £326 to help with the cost of living.

It is the first of two payments being made by the UK Government to support low-income households.

A further £324 will be paid out later this year as part of the Government’s £37bn support package.

The money will be available to over eight million households on means-tested benefits in the UK.

Between Thursday, July 14, and Sunday, July 31, those eligible will have the payment enter their bank accounts.

The payment will be tax-free and will not count towards the benefit cap or have any impact on existing benefit awards.

The Government has explained that combined with other support, millions of families will receive at least £1,200 by Christmas to help ease cost of living pressures.

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