Welsh households could get £200 winter fuel payment
Wales fuel support scheme 2022 to 2023
People in Wales on Universal Credit and other benefits will be able to apply for a new one-off £200 payment to help with their energy bills this winter.
The aim of the fuel support scheme, provided by the Welsh Government, is to reduce the impact of the rising cost of energy on low-income households.
Who can apply for the Wales fuel support scheme?
The scheme will be open to Welsh households where at least one person receives one or more of the following benefits between 1st September 2022 and 31st January 2023. They must also be responsible for paying the energy bills, whether that’s on a pre-payment meter, by Direct Debit, or paying every quarter.
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credits
- Child Tax Credits
- Pension Credit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Attendance Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- Contributory Benefits
- Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- War Pension Mobility Supplement
How to apply for the Wales fuel support scheme?
Applications can be made to local authorities via their websites. The scheme opens on 26th September 2022.
If you’re not sure what local authority you fall under, you can find it here.
Councils are expected to identify eligible households and will be writing to them. The application form and end dates will vary by each local authority. We recommend if you’re eligible that you apply as soon as possible.
If your application is successful, the cash will be paid straight into your bank account. It won’t affect any other benefits and it you won’t have to pay tax on it. You don’t have to spend it on energy, but the Welsh government hopes it will help households manage their energy bills this winter.
What information do I need to apply?
Depending on your circumstances, you’ll need to prove:
- You’re receiving one of the eligible benefits listed above
- You’re responsible for paying the energy bills for your household
What if I’m struggling with my energy bills?
We know the rising cost of energy means it’s a difficult time for a lot of our customers. Get help if you're struggling to pay your energy bills
If you’re experiencing severe financial hardship, and live in Wales, you may also be able to make a claim to the Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF).