THE MS for Arfon, Siân Gwenllian, has encouraged eligible residents to claim a one-off payment made available to address pressures on living costs.

The Welsh Government’s Winter Fuel Support Scheme is part of a wider support package of more than £50million issued to address “immediate pressures on living costs”.

A total of £38m has been earmarked through a Winter Fuel Support Scheme, and those eligible have until February 18 to claim a one-off £100 payment from their council to provide support to pay their winter fuel bills.

The payment will be available to all eligible households regardless of how they pay for their winter fuel, and the scheme is open to households where the resident or their partner are in receipt of any of the following welfare benefits:

• Income Support

• Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance

• Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance

• Universal Credit

• Working Tax Credits

Ms Gwenllian said: “Households across Wales, and here in Arfon, are facing a cost-of-living crisis. Bills are soaring whilst household incomes remain stagnant or fall.

“Therefore, it’s important that people are aware of the support that is available for them.

“For many, Christmas is an especially expensive time of the year, and as we emerge from the festive period, people shouldn’t have to choose between heating their homes, putting food on the table, and keeping up with the day-to-day cost of living.

“That’s why I’m urging those that are eligible to apply for this payment.”

Anyone who believes they are eligible for the payment has been able to submit a claim on their council’s website since December 13, 2021, and all applications must be received before February 18.

The Department for Work and Pensions and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have confirmed that this payment will not affect an individual’s current benefits or be subject to tax.