Winter energy payment not as generous as you might think


Late last year the Government announced a new Winter Energy Payment to help people receiving NZ Super, Veteran’s Pension and government assistance with the cost of heating their home over winter.

Couples and people with dependent children will get $31.82 a week, and single people will get $20.46.

The payment will begin on 1 July this year and will be paid with your usual NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension until 30 September. End of quote.

The above statement is part of a letter I received from the Ministry of Social Development a couple of days ago. I imagine that, any day now, lots of publicity will be forthcoming from the left regarding the generosity of the present government in helping to keep us warm.

They will no doubt be hoping that all those elderly people will have forgotten that the previous National government had passed a bill that would have meant they’d receive $1,000 more each year from 1 April, but the present government cancelled it.

Now they will be giving just $245.52 to a single pensioner as the Winter Energy Payment, spread over the 12-week period.

I wonder how many ‘cups of coffee’ could be bought with the remaining $754.48 that we will not get now? Or, how this so-generous payment will be swallowed up in the new petrol tax?


by The Bionic woman

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