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Community Costs Bonus (previously Food Cost Bonus) and Cold Weather Bonus

Community Costs Bonus 2021

The 2021 Community Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus can be claimed online from Thursday 1 October 2021.

The Community 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 2021, the payment is £258.25

Only one Community Costs Bonus may be claimed per household and applications are accepted from October each year.

Apply for Community Cost and Cold Weather Bonus

If you need any help with your application call +44 (0) 1534 444444.

Definition of 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 Community Cost Bonus

A household can claim if all of the following apply:

  • at least 1 adult member has been resident in Jersey for the last 5 years
  • no-one in the household is liable to pay Income Tax for the previous year
  • no member of the household, during the 7 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 Income Support Special Payment)

Cold Weather Bonus

The Cold Weather Bonus is designed to help pensioner households with the cost of heating during the winter months.

Only 1 Cold Weather Bonus can be claimed per household.

The Cold Weather Bonus is paid in 2 instalments: once in January for the months of October to December, and then again in May for the months of January to April.

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

​October 2021
​To be confirmed
​November 2021
To be confirmed
​December 2021
To be confirmed
​January 2022
To be confirmed
​February 2022
To be confirmed
​March 2022
To be confirmed
​April 2022
​To be confirmed

Who can claim Cold Weather Bonus

To claim the Cold Weather Bonus, you must be eligible for the Community Costs Bonus. In addition there are 3 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 over and have reached pensionable age in Jersey 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 won't 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 meet these conditions for only some of the months covered by the bonus, you'll be able to claim a lower amount based on the months that you are eligible for.

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