Winter Fuel Support Scheme in Gwynedd
The Welsh Government has recently extended the winter fuel support scheme which is administered locally by Gwynedd Council. The payment for eligible households has increased from £100 to £200.
Eligible households can claim a one-off £200 payment to provide support towards paying their on-grid winter fuel bills. In accordance with the Welsh Government criteria, the scheme is open to households where one member is in receipt of certain welfare benefits.
This sum will be available to new applicants and retrospectively paid to those who have already applied.
Gwynedd residents applying for the scheme must submit their application by 28 February 2022 on the Council website at www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/winterfuelsupport
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Finance said:
“We know that there a large number of households who are finding it difficult to heat their homes this winter and we are pleased to be administering this payment here in Gwynedd.
“So far, the Council’s Finance Department has received approximately 5,000 applications from Gwynedd households.
“The scheme has recently increased the payment that will be available for eligible households – but if you have already submitted an application, you do not need to contact the Council to claim your additional funding. This will happen automatically.
“However, if you think you may be eligible for the payment, we would urge you to look at the information available on the Council website, and submit an application if you believe you’re entitled. Applications need to be made by 28 February 2022.”
The scheme is open to households where one member is in receipt of working-age means tested benefits at any time during the qualifying period 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022.
These qualifying benefits are:
- Income Support, or
- Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance, or
- Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance, or
- Universal Credit, or
- Working Tax Credits
Anyone who requires financial assistance with off-grid fuel costs (such as oil, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) or coal) can consider applying to the Discretionary Assistance Fund for help. More details here https://gov.wales/discretionary-assistance-fund-daf