Winter fuel payment: How to claim new £100 support in Wales and when it will be paid

The money will be available for families in Wales most challenged my rising costs of living Credit: PA

The Welsh Government has launched a new one-off £100 payment to help families meet the growing cost of living over the winter months.

Families in Wales in receipt of working-age benefits such as Universal Credit will be eligible for the single payment that comes as fuel prices increase and the £20 uplift of Universal Credit is removed by the UK Government.

The payment will allow eligible households to claim the cash payment to provide support towards energy bills.

Who qualifies for the payment?

The scheme will be open to households where at least one person is on a working-age means-tested benefit and is responsible for paying the property's energy bills.

What benefits qualify for the payment?

Claimants must be in receipt of any one of the following benefits between December 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022:

  • Income support

  • Income-based job seekers allowance

  • Employment and support allowance

  • Universal credit

  • Working tax credits

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How will the payment be processed?

The means-tested benefit will be available to people regardless of whether they pay for their energy on a pre-payment meter, by direct debit, or whether they pay quarterly.

Local authorities across Wales will be writing to eligible households, and people who qualify for support will be able to submit a claim via their local council.

The cash will be paid straight into bank accounts.

While people will not be obligated to spend the money on energy, the Welsh Government hopes that is how it will be spent.

Will the payment impact other benefits?

The £100 payment will not affect any other benefits.

It also will not be subject to tax.

When will the payments be made?

It has not yet been confirmed when the payments will be made.

However, it is understood they have been planned for mid-December.

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