Winter Fuel

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

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.

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One member of the household must be receiving one of the following working age means-tested welfare benefits:

  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Contributory Based/New Style Employment and Support Allowance
  • Contributory Based/New Style Job Seekers Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Universal Credit
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement
  • Working Tax Credits

You must have been claiming these benefits at any time between 1 September 2022 and 31 January 2023.

If a householder (or their partner) who is liable for the fuel costs does not receive any of the qualifying benefits, the householder should be determined/considered as eligible for a payment if they have a qualifying person living with them.

A person meets the definition of a qualifying person if they:

  • Occupy the householder’s home as their primary residence and
  • Are a dependent child or another adult living with the householder (or their partner) and
  • They receive one of the following benefits:
    • Armed Forces Independence Payment
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Constant Attendance Allowance
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment
    • Constant Attendance Allowance
    • War Pension Mobility Supplement

This is in reflection of the higher energy costs typically faced by a household where a disabled person resides, and a common-sense approach that recognises that Disability Living Allowance is primarily awarded to a disabled child aged under 16 (who cannot be a householder).

How to apply

All applications must be received before the 28 February 2023. Payments for successful applications will be made from October 2022 through to end of March 2023.

We will be writing to households who we believe are eligible and in receipt of Council Tax Reduction Scheme. We’ll ask for basic information to support the claim, along with details to allow the payment.

Alternatively, if you think you qualify for this support you can submit a claim through our online form.

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

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