In what is being hailed by some as the most generous gesture by the UK government in recent times, millions of Britons are set to receive a whopping £301 each to help cover their living expenses.
The cost-of-living payment, announced by Rishi Sunak, is meant to be a lifeline for people struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. But for many, the sum is not just inadequate, but laughable.
"£301? That won't even buy me a week's worth of groceries," says Sarah Kenyon, a single mother of two from Manchester. "I think the government is taking the piss, to be honest."
Others echo her sentiments, with many taking to social media to express their disbelief at the small sum. One person tweeted: "I can't wait to spend my 301 quid on... oh wait, it won't even cover one month's rent."
Despite the public outcry, the government seems to be sticking to its guns, with Sunak insisting that the payment is a "targeted and proportionate" response to the economic challenges faced by many.
However, critics have pointed out that the payment is likely to have little impact on people's financial well-being, and may even be seen as an insult to those who have lost their jobs or who are struggling to pay their bills.
"£301 is like giving someone a teaspoon of water when they're drowning," says financial expert David Hearst. "It's a drop in the ocean and doesn't come close to addressing the root causes of poverty and deprivation."
Despite the criticisms, some people have found the humour in the situation, with many coming up with witty catchphrases to mock the government's attempt at providing relief.
"I guess this is what they mean by 'we're all in this together'," quips Twitter user @ben_hall.
In the meantime, many Britons are left wondering what they can actually do with £301, and whether it's worth the hassle of applying for it.
"I might just frame the cheque and put it on my wall as a reminder of how little the government cares," says Kenyon. "It's a joke, really."