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Winter Fuel Support Scheme



Winter Fuel Support Scheme 2022/23

 

What is the Winter Fuel Support Scheme?

The Welsh Government Fuel Support Scheme is part of a £90m fuel support package to address immediate pressures on living costs. Eligible households can claim a one-off £200 payment from their local authority to provide support towards paying their fuel costs. This payment is in addition to the Energy Bill rebate being offered by the UK Government and the Winter Fuel Payment normally paid to pensioners.  The payment will be available to all eligible households (one payment per household) regardless of how they pay for their fuel, whether that is, for example, on a pre-payment meter, by direct debit or by paying a bill quarterly and can be claimed regardless of whether they are using on or off-grid fuel.

 

What are the qualifying benefits?

The scheme will be open to households where an applicant, or their partner is in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits at any time between 1 September 2022 and 31 January 2023:

Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS)

Income Support

Income Based Job Seekers Allowance

Income Related 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 – this includes those people who are being paid Carers Allowance and people who have claimed Carers Allowance but due to the overlapping benefit rules do not receive it as a cash benefit, i.e. they have an underlying entitlement to Carers Allowance.

Contributory Based/New Style Jobseekers Allowance

Contributory Based/New Style Employment and Support Allowance

Armed Forces Independence Payment

Constant Attendance Allowance

War Pension Mobility Supplement

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 during the qualifying period.

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 between 1 September 2022 and 31 January 2023:

o Attendance Allowance 

o Disability Living Allowance

o Personal Independence Payment

o Armed Forces Independence Payment

o Constant Attendance Allowance

o 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). The payment should be made to the householder liable for council tax or the fuel costs. 

What is the Fuel Liability Condition?

An applicant meets this condition if they (or their partner) are liable for Council Tax as their liability for Council Tax is considered synonymous with fuel liability.

Applicants that are not responsible for paying Council Tax can demonstrate they meet this condition by providing evidence they are responsible for paying the fuel costs for their property. This is the case regardless of whether fuel is paid for through a pre-payment meter, by direct debit or quarterly bill and whether the fuel is received on or off grid.

Applicants can only claim for fuel costs at a property in Wales and where this property is considered their primary residence.  

 

How and when can I apply?

The scheme will open for registration at 9am on 26th September 2022. All applications must be received by 5pm on 28 February 2023.  

Once your registration form has been received and processed, you will receive an email advising if it is successful or not. If it has been refused, you will be advised why.

You can apply here:

Winter Fuel Support Scheme Form

If I’m successful, when will I receive a payment?

If you are successful, you will receive an email advising you of this, and confirming the date a payment will be made. Please bear with us while we process all applications as quickly as possible. Payments for successful applications will be made by 31st March 2023.

Where possible, and unless you have an urgent query, due to the high numbers of households that will qualify for this payment, please try to avoid contacting us to enquire when your payment will reach your bank account. If you do have any urgent queries about the scheme, you can email the Benefit section at winterfuelsupport@flintshire.gov.uk

 

My application has been refused, can I appeal?

There is no right of appeal against any decision not to award a payment. We will advise why your application has been refused. If you feel the information we hold is incorrect, then please email us at winterfuelsupport@flintshire.gov.uk providing your full name, address and application number and advise what is incorrect. We may need documentary evidence to support this and will advise if that is the case.

You may still be experiencing severe financial hardship. If so, you may wish to make a claim to the Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) https://gov.wales/discretionary-assistance-fund-daf.

Thank you for your patience, we are working as quickly as possible to issue these payments.