23 May 2018

We know that winter can be a tricky time, especially for lower income families around New Zealand. It’s hard to keep those winter colds at bay, your house toasty and stay on top of your power bills. That’s why we are very excited to let you know that the government’s new ‘Winter Energy Payment’ has been confirmed. 

The payment will run from the 1st of July through to the 30th of September, with singles receiving $20.46 per week or $31.82 per week if you have a partner or children. 

Now the important questions, who will be eligible and how do you receive it? 

The below beneficiaries will all be eligible for the Winter Energy Payment and will not need to apply as it will be paid out automatically.  

  • New Zealand Superannuation
  • Veteran’s Pension
  • Emergency Maintenance Allowance
  • Jobseeker Support
  • Jobseeker Support Student Hardship
  • Sole Parent Support
  • Supported Living Payment
  • Youth Payment
  • Young Parent Payment
  • Emergency Benefit 

If you are receiving either the Residential Care Subsidy or the Residential Support Subsidy you unfortunately will not be eligible for the payment. 

The great thing about this payment is that you can choose whether you would like to put it towards your power bills or to invest in draught-stopping and insulation. Giving you the option to improve the living environment of your household and cut back on your power costs all year round. 

You can check out the full details on the Work and Income website
Keep warm New Zealand!

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