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As fuel costs continue to rise, the Welsh Government recently announced that the annual winter fuel payment for eligible households has been increased from £100 to £200. In addition, the window for applications has been left open until 28th February 2022, giving households more time to apply.

Monmouthshire County Council has confirmed that anyone who has already applied for this winter’s payment, before the increase was announced will automatically receive a top-up retrospective payment, if they have been paid £100 already, or the £200 one-off payment if their application has not been paid yet.

For more information visit Monmouthshire Council Council’s website at where a link to the application form can be found, alternatively you can call the council’s Contact Centre on 01633 644644 or pop into one of the Community Hubs where someone will be able to assist you.

The council’s Money Matters campaign is continuing to promote a wide range of support for those experiencing money worries. It’s aiming to direct people to various means of support, while reminding us all that debt can affect anybody, whatever their circumstances. From essentials such as food, heating and cash to related support such as mental health, employment and housing, there is more help available than most people realise. If you are not sure what support you might need but would like to find out more, then you can visit or call 01633 644644. Alternatively, Citizens Advice are also able to guidance on 0800 702 2020.