UNISON There for You, Winter Fuel Grant

Worried about your winter fuel bill? UNISON There for You has a limited fund to offer one-off £200 grants to UNISON members on a low income.

Branch Welfare Officer Kathie McLean highlights the UNISON charity’s There for You Winter Fuel Grant.

“Unison have a window of opportunity for a one off payment of £200 towards your utilities on 24th January 2024 at 8.30am, its a first come first served basis, please  go onto the main Unison website you will need your  membership number, fill in the form and then hopefully you will be awarded the grant. They state when the money has gone its gone! So please try to get online around 8.30am on 24th January. Our members had a good success rate last time.“

Kathie McLean is available at the Branch Office on 01475 715900 on to answer any questions that you may have.

Applicants must:

Be a UNISON member and have paid at least four weeks’ subscriptions as of 24th 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 July2023, 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

Where members have no recourse to public funds and their household income is above £26,000/year an assessment will be undertaken to see whether they would be   eligible for benefits if they did have recourse to public funds so that they are not disadvantaged.

What can I get help with?

This is a one-off, non-repayable grant of £200. UNISON There for You want to make this fund go as far as possible and help as many members as we can. Please only apply if you are in financial difficulty. There are limited funds for the Winter Fuel Grant programme.

Full details are on the UNISON website


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