Winter Fuel Support Scheme

Eligible households can claim a one-off £200 payment from the Local Authority to provide support towards paying your 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) however you pay for your fuel:


Eligibility for payments

A payment can be made under the scheme if the you meet all four conditions outlined below.

You meet this condition if an application to the scheme is received by Cyngor Gwynedd by 5pm on Tuesday 28 February 2023 or if you have been determined as exempt from needing to meet the application condition (see below for further details).

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 1September 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
  • 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 considered as eligible for a payment if they have a qualifying person living with them.

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 adult dependant of the householder (or their partner); and,
  • They receive one of the following benefits:
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment
    • Armed Forces Independence Payment
    • Constant Attendance Allowance
    • War Pension Mobility Supplement

Applicants meet this condition if you (or your partner) are liable for Council Tax as your 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 you are responsible for paying the fuel costs for the 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.

An applicant can only receive one payment from this scheme.  An applicant meets this condition if you (or your partner) have not already received a payment under this 2022/2023 Welsh Government Fuel Support Scheme.

 

 

How to apply 

If you receive Council Tax Reduction between 1/9/2022 and 31/1/2023, you meet the qualifying criteria for the scheme, and don't need to do anything further. You will receive a letter authorising collection of the payment from your local Post Office. 

If your household does NOT receive Council Tax Reduction, but believe that you may be eligible for a payment under the scheme, you can apply online

Apply online: Winter fuel support

Applications must be received at Gwynedd by 5pm on 28 February 2023. We anticipate that payments will commence soon after the 26 September 2022, the exact date is unknown at present.

If you need any help to complete your online claim, please contact us on 01286 682689