From 1 July 2018, a Winter Energy Payment will be available to help with the cost of heating homes during the winter.
You don’t need to do anything to get this payment – if you qualify, it’ll be paid to you automatically.
Who can get it
You can get the Winter Energy Payment if you’re getting either:
- 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.
Who can’t get it
You won’t get this payment if you’re getting Residential Care Subsidy or Residential Support Subsidy.
What you can get
You can get:
- $20.46 a week if you’re single with no dependent children
- $31.82 a week if you have a partner or dependent children.
This will be paid from 1 July to 30 September 2018. From 2019, it will be paid from 1 May to 1 October. You don’t have to pay it back.
The Winter Energy Payment won’t affect other payments you get from MSD and isn’t considered income (for tax purposes).
See the Ministry of Social Development page <click here>
For customers who are experiencing financial difficulty this winter
Please contact us and we will do our best to help you.