Winter Energy Payment

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The Winter Energy Payment is an extra payment from Work and Income (WINZ) to help with the cost of heating your home over the winter months and is available from 1 July 2018 this year.

You do not need to apply to receive the payment, it will be paid automatically to everyone receiving  NZ Super, Veteran’s Pension, Jobseeker Support, Jobseeker Support Student Hardship, Emergency Benefit and Emergency Maintenance Allowance, Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment or a Youth Service Payment. You can choose to opt out of receiving the winter energy payment if you do not need it.

People who are getting Residential Care Subsidy or Residential Support Subsidy won’t be eligible for the Winter Energy Payment.

In 2018, the Winter Energy Payment will begin from 1 July to 29 September and from 2019 for five months from 1 May to 1 October.

The rate for single people with no dependent children will be $20.46 a week, and couples or people with dependent children will get $31.82 per week.

The Winter Energy Payment won’t affect other payments such as Disability Allowance, Accommodation Supplement, Temporary Additional Support or Childcare Assistance and its not considered as income for tax purposes.

If you are overseas for more than four weeks, your Winter Energy Payment will stop while you are out of the country. If you're back in New Zealand before the Winter Energy Payment ends (1 October), you'll need to restart your payments.

If you think you qualify for the winter energy payment please liaise with WINZ.

Joanne Whyte