Treasury Offers Some Extra Fuel Support

People on low incomes who do not receive any income-related Social Security benefit payment can now claim a lump-sum of £75, £50 or £25 to assist with home heating costs.

The Variable Rate Winter Bonus is being introduced as an extra support measure in light of rising gas and oil prices, and is designed to assist those who fall just outside existing criteria.

Treasury Minister David Ashford said: ‘Entitlement to this payment will be assessed based on a person’s circumstances and means during the week commencing 3 January 2022. To qualify, a person’s income in that week must be just above income support levels and the applicant must be responsible for the payment of housing costs.

‘I’d urge anyone who’s struggling to pay their heating bills and isn’t sure whether they might be entitled to a Variable Rate Winter Bonus to get in touch. Treasury will continue to monitor home-heating costs over the next few weeks and consider whether further help is required.’

More information about the different winter bonuses is available at gov.im/socialsecurity, including how to make a claim. Claims must be made before February 3 and anyone who is not able to access the website or needs more information should contact Social Security by calling 685053.

Anyone who receives income support, employed person’s allowance or income-based jobseeker’s allowance is not eligible for the Variable Rate Winter Bonus.

Entitlement to any of the winter bonuses is not dependent on the type of fuel used for heating and the Treasury says it doesn’t know how many people will qualify for these payments.

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