Welsh winter fuel payments are set to double to £200

Welsh winter fuel payments are set to double to £200, to help low-income households to pay their fuel bills.

The welcome news comes after warnings that households should expect a significant hike in the energy price cap, to be introduced in April.

It is expected that typical energy bills could increase by around 50%, taking average costs to almost £2,000 a year.

Welsh Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt said, "We are determined to do all we can to support our people with the bills they are facing,"

 

Who is eligible?

The grant, part of a £51 million package to support the most vulnerable households, is open to households where one individual is in receipt of certain welfare benefits and is responsible for paying the property's energy bills.

Applicants must have been claiming any one of the following benefits between 1st December 2021 and 31stJanuary 2022:

 

  • Income support
  • Income-based job seekers allowance
  • Employment and support allowance
  • Universal credit
  • Working tax credits

 

Applications are open until 28 February 2022, although councils should have contacted households believed to be eligible.

Find out more information and how to apply here

 

About Energy Angels

Wolverhampton-based Energy Angels make housing associations and social landlord’s substantial savings each year through reduced energy costs and time savings, as well as support them in their own carbon reduction goals

Any housing associations and social landlords serious about reducing their energy and administration costs should access our void energy management team.

Energy Angels work closely with our housing partners to ensure smart meters are installed in empty properties. If the whole nation got a smart meter, we could save the same amount of energy as it takes to power every household in Aberdeen, Cardiff and Manchester for a year.

Help is available to manage residents' future energy usage and costs and for all void properties, Energy Angels provide a viable renewable energy tariff option in partnership with OVO Energy.