More than a million New Zealanders will receive additional cost-of-living relief from today, when the Winter Energy Payment kicks in for people receiving New Zealand Superannuation, a Main Benefit or Veteran’s Pension.
From 1 May to 1 October this year, single people with no dependent children will receive an extra $20.46 per week while couples and people with children will receive an extra $31.82 per week.
This is on top of the increase to Superannuation and the Veteran’s Pension in the past month, which saw those over 65 receive $102.84 more in total a fortnight and a single person living alone an extra $66.86.
“The Winter Energy Payment was part of our Government’s Families Package in 2017. It was designed to provide older New Zealanders and many of our low and middle income families with more money to meet the cost of heating their homes over winter,” said Social Development and Employment Minister, Carmel Sepuloni.
“Having a warm home is an essential part of preventing respiratory illnesses through the winter season and lowers the risk of other health issues.
“We know that the timing of this additional income will be welcomed for our lower income New Zealanders and will help them meet the cost of living over the months ahead.”
The Winter Energy Payment is a non-taxable payment and doesn’t affect other payments.
People who are eligible to receive the Winter Energy Payment will receive it automatically from their next payment date along with their regular weekly or fortnightly payments. They do not need to apply for this payment.
For more information about the Winter Energy Payment, visit the Work and Income https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/winter-energy-payment.html.