Date of Screening: 15/09/2022
Screening Outcome - Full EQIA recommended: No
These Regulations will temporarily increase the Winter Fuel Payment lump sum by £300 for winter 2022/23. Normally, people aged 66-79 receive lump sums up to £200 as a winter fuel payment, and people aged 80 or over receive up to £300, depending on their circumstances. On 26 May 2022, as part of a wider package of measures to tackle the cost of living, the Chancellor announced an increase of £300 to winter fuel payments for the winter of 2022/23. Due to the shock to European energy prices, the significant price increase, and as pensioners are disproportionately impacted by higher energy costs, this increase of £300 per household will contribute to the rising cost of energy expected in winter 2022/23. The payment is a temporary measure for winter 2022/23 only and will be made as part of the annual winter fuel payment.