Thursday, January 11, 2024

UNISON Winter fuel grants for members on a low income

Can branches check out this page and encourage low income members to apply for a "there for you" winter fuel grant worth £200. 

Applications will open twice on Wednesday 24 January, at 8.30am and 5pm. The online form will appear on this page. Recent grant applications have been extremely popular and closed within a matter of minutes, so please do check the eligibility criteria below, ensure you have your UNISON membership number to hand and consider setting a reminder if you wish to apply.

Applicants must:
  • Be a UNISON member and have paid at least four weeks’ subscriptions as of 24 January. Subscriptions must be up to date.
  • Not have an outstanding application for the recent Energy Support Fund grant.
  • Not have been issued with a successful decision for the recent Energy Support Fund grant.
  • Not have received a grant from UNISON Welfare since 24 July
    2023, excluding the School Uniform Grant.
  • Have savings (including the total rolling balance on current accounts) below £1,000 to qualify.
  • Be responsible (or their partner, if applicable) for household fuel bills. Only one application per household will be considered.

Be on a low income, meaning a 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 (e.g. adult children or lodgers).


Be in receipt of means-tested benefits. This includes:

  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child and/or Working Tax Credits
  • Pension Credit
  • Means-tested Jobseekers Allowance
  • Means-tested Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support

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