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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus

​Food Costs Bonus

What is it?

The Food Costs Bonus is an annual payment to help households that are just above the Income Support level with the cost of GST on food.  In 2014 the payment will be £226.95.

The Food Costs Bonus will be provided in 2014, 2015 and 2016.   

Only one Food Costs Bonus may be claimed per household and applications will be accepted in October each year.

What is a household?

A household is defined in the same way as it is for Income Support purposes. A household can be any of the following:

  • a person living alone
  • a couple (married or unmarried)
  • a family living together at the same address with children under school leaving age or still in full time education or job-seeking

Who can claim?

A household can claim where:

  • at least one adult member has been resident in Jersey for the last five years and;
  • no-one in the household is liable to pay Income Tax for the previous year and;
  • no member of the household, during the seven days before the application is made, has been in receipt of Income Support

         But

A household may still claim if they received an Income Support payment which was a transitional payment or special payment.

Income Support

Cold Weather Bonus

What is it?

The Cold Weather Bonus is designed to help pensioner households with the cost of heating during the winter months. Only one Cold Weather Bonus may be claimed per household.

The Cold Weather Bonus is paid in two instalments: once in January for the months of October to December, and then again in May for the months January to April.

The value of the bonus depends on the temperature in the previous period. The table below will be updated a few days after the end of each month to show the amount for the cold weather month:

Month      Amount          
October 2014  £0.00
November 2014  £8.61
December 2014  £ To be advised

Maximum CWB Payment in January 2015

 £To be advised

January 2015  £ To be advised
February 2015  £ To be advised
March 2015  £ To be advised
April 2015  £ To be advised

Maximum CWB Payment in May 2015

 £ To be advised

Who can claim?

To claim the Cold Weather Bonus you must be eligible for the Food Costs Bonus. In addition there are three more requirements to receive the Cold Weather Bonus:

  • on the first day of the cold weather month, your household must include an adult who is 65 or above and is either receiving a Jersey old age pension or has 10 years' continuous residency before making the application
  • you or your spouse/partner must either own your home or be responsible for a lease. People paying for board or lodgings only will not qualify for the bonus
  • no adult in the household should have received a cold weather payment from Income Support for the cold weather month

If you satisfy these conditions for only some of the months covered by the bonus, you will be able to claim a lower amount based on the months that you are eligible for.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2014 Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus can be made on the joint application form. 

Claims made in 2014 require tax assessment details for 2013.

Note: If you received a Food Cost Bonus in 2013 you will automatically receive an application form in the post.

Download the 2014 Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus application form (size 422kb)

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