7 Jun
Money

New winter energy payment

Published: 2018-06-07

From 1 July 2018 the new Winter Energy Payment will be paid to seniors and people on a benefit to help with the cost of heating homes during winter.

You don’t need to apply – if you qualify you’ll get the extra money automatically with your other payments from Work and Income. The Winter Energy Payment will be paid to people getting:

  • NZ Super
  • Veteran’s Pension
  • Jobseeker Support
  • Sole Parent Support
  • Supported Living Payment
  • Youth Payment
  • Young Parent Payment
  • Emergency Benefit.

Single people with no dependent children will get $20.46 a week, and couples or people with dependent children will get $31.82 a week. You don’t have to pay it back.

This year the Winter Energy Payment will be paid from 1 July to 30 September. Next year it will be paid from 1 May to 1 October 2019.

The Winter Energy Payment won’t affect your other payments from Work and Income, or your income-related rent.

Find out more at https://www.workandincome.govt.nz