Households in areas affected by fracking will receive cash payments of potentially thousands of pounds under new plans announced by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The money will come from a £1 billion shale wealth fund that was set up by former chancellor George Osborne.
The money - which could constitute up to 10% of tax revenues from the proceeds of fracking - was due to be paid to local councils and community trusts.
But Ms May is amending the scheme so the money can go direct to residents.
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It is expected that the new Fund could deliver as much as £10 million to each community where wells are sited.
Downing Street declined to estimate how much payouts could be worth, but it is thought that individual households could receive between £5,000 and £20,000.
The move could go some way to countering resident resistance to fracking.
But critics will likely characterise it as a "bribe" to householders which could divert cash away from community priorities such as infrastructure.