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Winter Fuel Support Scheme

As part the 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 £100 payment to provide support towards paying their on-grid winter fuel bills.

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):

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

The payment will be available to all eligible households regardless of whether they pay for their 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 person

  • You apply to the scheme on or before 18 February 2022.
  • You are responsible for paying the 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.
  • You have not received a payment under the scheme before

Couple

  • You or your partner apply to the scheme on or before 18 February 2022
  • You, your partner, or both of you are responsible for paying the fuel bills at your property
  • 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.
  • You or your partner have not received a payment under the scheme before

If you believe that you may qualify for this support, you can submit a claim through this website from 13 December 2021.

All applications must be received before the 18 February 2022. Payments for successful applications will be made from January through to end of March 2022.

You will need to create an account through ‘My Account’ if you have not done so already. Once you have created an account and have signed in, click on the services tab on the blue bar and then select the option for ‘Apply for it’. Here is where you will find the form for the Winter Fuel Support Payment.

 

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

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