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Home Resident Benefits and grants Winter Fuel Support Scheme

Winter Fuel Support Scheme


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Working-age Welsh households on universal credit or certain other Welfare Benefits will be offered a £200 one-off payment this winter to help with fuel bills. Applicants will also need to be the fuel bill payer at the property.
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The Winter Fuel Support Scheme is now closed.

As part of support package of over £50m to address immediate pressures on living costs Welsh Government has made available over £38 million through a Winter Fuel Support Scheme.

Eligible households can claim a one-off £200 payment to provide support towards paying their on-grid winter fuel bills.

This payment has been increased from £100 on the 1 February, 2022.  if you have already made your application or been paid £100 you don’t need to do anything, we will send you the additional £100 before the end of April 2022.

The scheme is open to households where one member is in receipt of working age means-tested welfare benefits (at any time between the 1 December 2021 and 31 January 2022):

  • Income Support, or
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, or
  • Income Related Employment & Support Allowance, or
  • Universal Credit, or
  • Working Tax Credits.

The payment will be available to all eligible households regardless of whether they pay for their on-grid fuel on a pre-payment meter, by direct debit or by paying a bill quarterly.

An eligible household for this scheme is defined below:

Single personCouple
You apply to the scheme on or before 18 February 2022 You or your partner apply to the scheme on or before 28 February 2022
You are responsible for paying the on-grid fuel bills at your property You, your partner, or both of you are responsible for paying the on-grid fuel bills at your property
You are in receipt of a qualifying working age means-tested welfare benefit at any time between 1 December 2021 and 31 January 2022
  • Income Support, or
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, or
  • Income Related Employment & Support Allowance, or
  • Universal Credit, or
  • Working Tax Credits
You, your partner, or both of you are in receipt of a qualifying working age means-tested welfare benefit at any time between 1 December 2021 and 31 January 2022
  • Income Support, or
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, or
  • Income Related Employment & Support Allowance, or
  • Universal Credit, or
  • Working Tax Credits
You have not received a payment under the scheme before You or your partner have not received a payment under the scheme before

 

We will be writing to households who we believe are eligible seeking basic information to support the claim along with details to enable the payment. Alternatively, individuals who believe they may qualify for this support can submit a claim through our on-line form (below).

All applications must be received before the 28 February 2022. Payments for successful applications will be made from January through to end of April 2022.

If you are experiencing severe financial hardship you may wish to make a claim to the Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) | GOV.WALES .


More information can be found at: https://gov.wales/winter-fuel-support-scheme#section-84961

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