The Winter Fuel Payment has now been doubled to £200, as of 01/02/2022, to help families with the increasing cost of living.
This will be available to new applicants and to those who have applied already – you should see an additional £100 payment in the coming weeks.
If you think you are eligible but have not received the payment, please apply on the Council website.
Welsh Government has made £38 million available through its Winter fuel support scheme as part of a support package of over £50m to address immediate pressures on living costs.
Eligible households can claim a one-off £100 payment from their local authority. The money is to provide support towards paying winter fuel bills.
All applications must be received by the local authority by the 28th of February 2022.
The payment will be available to all eligible households regardless of how they pay for fuel. This includes payments made on a pre-payment meter, by direct debit or by paying a bill quarterly.
Anyone eligible for receiving the payment will need a bank account for the payment to be made.
Who can apply?
The scheme is open to households where at least one member is in receipt of one of the following working age means-tested welfare benefits at any time between 1st December 2021 and 31st January 2022:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credits
If you live in Rhondda Cynon Taf, more information can be found on the RCT Council website, here: Winter Fuel Support Scheme | Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (rctcbc.gov.uk)
If you live in Cardiff, more information can be found on the Cardiff Council website, here:
Financial help to live more independently (cardiff.gov.uk)
Other funds available
There are other funds available to support households with bills, including:
- The Warm Home Discount Scheme, which is a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March, and
- The Discretionary Assistance Fund, which has two grants available to help pay for essential costs, such as food, gas, electricity, clothing or emergency travel or a fridge, cooker or washing machine and other ‘white goods’ and home furniture such as beds, sofas and chairs.
If you are a Trivallis tenant and would like support or more information about any of the above support schemes, then Trivallis’ Money Advice team is here to help you. For more information on how the team can support you, visit our Money Advice page now.