If you are struggling with your energy costs, there may be some extra help available. We’ve put together a guide to help you out…

1 Winter Fuel Payments
Millions of pensioners will qualify for an extra £300 top up on their Winter Fuel Payments as part of new cost of living support. Winter Fuel Payments are normally worth between £100 and £300, and are designed to help struggling pensioner households heat their home during winter. If you’re entitled to Winter Fuel Payments for winter 2022/2023, you will get an extra £300 for your household paid with your normal payment from November 2022.

2 Council tax rebate
Most park home owners pay council tax at Band A. In February, the Government announced that a £150 Council Tax rebate for households in England in Council Tax bands A to D – millions of households have already received this.

3 Cost of Living payment
More than eight million households on means-tested benefits will receive a payment of £650 this year, made in two instalments. This includes all households receiving the following benefits: Universal Credit; Income-based Jobseekers Allowance; Income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; and Pension Credit. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will make the payment in two lump sums – the first from July, the second in the autumn.

4 One-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living payment
Pensioner households will receive an extra £300 this year to help them cover the cost of energy this winter. This additional one-off payment will go to the eight million pensioner households across the UK who receive the Winter Fuel Payment and will be paid on top of things like pension credit or disability benefits.

5 £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment
Around six million people across the UK who receive the following disability benefits will receive a one-off payment of £150 from September: Disability Living Allowance; Personal Independence Payment; Attendance Allowance; Scottish Disability Benefits; Armed Forces Independence Payment; Constant Attendance Allowance; and War Pension Mobility Supplement.

6 Household Support Fund.
The Government is also providing an extra £500 million of local support, via the Household Support Fund, which will be extended from October 2022 to March 2023. The Household Support Fund helps those in most need with payments towards the rising cost of food, energy, and water bills. Eligibility will be determined by individual councils


Read more advice in the November 2022 issue of Park Home & Holiday Living