NDM8047 Plaid Cymru Debate - Winter fuel support scheme

NDM8047 Sian Gwenllian (Arfon)

To propose that the Senedd:

Calls on the Welsh Government to revise the winter fuel support scheme to make it fit for purpose in tackling the cost-of-living crisis.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

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To propose that the Senedd:

1. Welcomes the significant support packages introduced by the Welsh Government to help address the cost-of-living crisis, totalling £380m since November 2021, including additional funding for the fuel support scheme for the non-repayable £200 cash payment towards energy bills, and £177m for the cost-of-living support scheme.

2. Notes that the UK Government has entirely failed to properly address this crisis and failed to grasp the gravity of how it is affecting people across Wales.

3. Welcomes the Welsh Government’s commitment to continually review existing fuel support schemes and potential future interventions.

Amendment 2 Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

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Further calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) guarantee any changes to the winter fuel support scheme are made ahead of autumn to ensure the payment reaches as many eligible households as possible;

b) widen the eligibility of the winter fuel payment to reach more low-income, vulnerable households in need, such as those eligible for pension credit;

c) launch a public awareness campaign on the winter fuel support scheme to improve awareness and boost uptake of the scheme.

Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 30/06/2022