Deirdre Hargey, the Communities Minister, stated this morning, Wednesday 9 March, that the £200 energy payment had been postponed.
The £55 million Energy Payment Support Scheme will start paying out on March 10th, according to an announcement made last week.
The Assembly agreed to a one-off payment of £200 to assist people who are struggling to afford increased energy bills as a result of the global fuel crisis. It will be made automatically to about 280,000 persons in Northern Ireland who are eligible for certain benefits. Payment will be done using regular payment systems, and no application will be required.
Minister Deirdre Hargey, commenting on the delay, said:
“The much needed energy payment of £200 will now begin to be paid directly to peoples accounts on Friday.
“I’m disappointed that DWP experienced a technical glitch resulting in payments not going ahead on Thursday.
“I have been assured this morning that the issue has been rectified.”
Individuals will be eligible for this payment if they received one or more of the following benefits during the qualifying week (Monday 13 December to Sunday 19 December 2021 inclusive):
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit;
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance; or
- Income Support.