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Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus

The Food Costs Bonus is an annual payment to help eligible households with the cost of GST on food. The additional Cold Weather Bonus was approved by the States at the beginning of 2012, and you can now apply for both bonuses using the same form.

Food Costs Bonus

What is it?

The Food Costs Bonus is an annual payment, (£220.98 in 2013) to help households that are just above the Income Support level with the cost of GST on food.  The Food Costs Bonus will be provided under current regulations in 2011, 2012 and 2013.   

Only one Food Costs Bonus may be claimed per household.

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 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 2011 (for the 2013 Food Costs Bonus if the claim is received after 30 September 2013) and;
  • either the household is not receiving Income Support during the seven days before the date of the application for a Food Costs Bonus or
  • the household can still claim if it is receiving a transitional Income Support payment during the seven days before the date of the application for the Food Costs Bonus.

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 2013  £0.00
November 2013   £29.11   
December 2013  £43.14

Maximum CWB Payment in January 2014

 £72.25

January 2014  £45.39
February 2014  £37.86
March 2014  £33.81
April 2014  £ To be confirmed

Maximum CWB Payment in May 2014

 £ To be confirmed

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 receiving a Jersey old age pension
  • 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?

In July 2013 a joint Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus application form was sent to everyone that received the Food Costs Bonus in 2012.

If you did not receive a 2012 Food Costs Bonus but would like to apply for 2013, please download the application form below, complete it and return it to the Social Security Department.

Download the Joint Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus application form (size 120kb)
Download the Draft Food Costs Bonus (Jersey) Regulations 201- (size 116kb)
Download the Draft Cold Weather Bonus (Jersey) Regulations 201- (size 87kb)



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