Winter Energy Payment
Winter Energy Payment Doubled
The Government has announced it will double the Winter Energy Payment of up to $280* per month during winter due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic and impact on the NZ economy. The Winter Energy Payment is to help heat homes and improve health during winter. The payments will start from 1 May 2020.
How much is the Winter Energy Payment?
The Winter Energy Payment will be from 1 May to 1 October each year and is:
- $39.13 per week if you're living on your own (no dependent children).
- $60.87 per week if you have a partner or children.
The payment does not need to be repaid and if you don't need/want the payment you can choose not to get it.
Who is eligible and how do you apply?
Beneficiaries are eligible for the Winter Energy Payment and you don't need to apply - if you are eligible you will get it automatically. You won't however get it if you are getting a Residential Care Subsidy or a Residential Support subsidy.
*You can read more about the payments at the Work & Income website (yet to be completely updated).
What is the Winter Energy Payment for?
The payment is designed to help keep homes warmer and people healthier during winter months and can be used to pay power bills or can be invested in long-term power reduction by adding or upgrading insulation or switching to energy efficient heating for your home.
Combined with the Government's Warmer Kiwi Homes grants for insulation and heat pumps, the Winter Energy Payments will help create warmer homes.
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