The Winter Fuel Grant programme opens at 10am on Wednesday 25 January, applications will be made via an online form. The grant is a one-off, non-repayable grant of £200 to help UNISON’s most vulnerable low-income members and to help ease the worry of paying for their next fuel bill during the coldest months of the year.
The application only requests limited information, including, name, membership number and email address, to make it as easy as possible to apply. You can find further information on eligibility and the application process on the UNISON website.
The grant programme will close once 2,000 applications have been received.
Winter fuel grant 2023 eligibility
- be a UNISON member and have paid at least four weeks subscriptions as of 25th January. Subscriptions must be up to date;
- not have been a successful recipient of our recent energy support fund grant;
- not have received a grant from UNISON Welfare since 31 July 2022, excluding the school clothing grant;
- not have received more than £750 in UNISON Welfare grants if applying within the first year of membership;
- have savings (including the total rolling balance on current accounts) below £1,000 to qualify.;
- must be responsible (or their partner, if applicable) for household fuel bills. Only one application per household will be considered.
And either …
Be on a low income, meaning:
- for a single person (living alone with no dependent children): Net household income* of no more than £18,200/year (£1,516.67/month);
- living with a partner (living with no dependent children): Net household income* of no more than £26,000/year (£2,166.67/month);
- for a single person (living alone with dependent children): Net household income* of no more than £26,000/year (£2,166.67/month);
- living with a partner (living with dependent children): Net household income* of no more than £26,000/year (£2,166.67/month).
* Net household income includes your monthly take-home pay from work (plus your partner’s if applicable), any income from child maintenance payments, any income from student finance loans or bursaries, pensions (excluding pension credit) and any income from people living with you (for instance, adult children or lodgers).
Be in receipt of means-tested benefits. These include:
- universal credit;
- housing benefit;
- child and/or working tax credits;
- pension credit;
- means-tested jobseekers’ allowance;
- means-tested employment support allowance;
- income support.