The Winter Fuel Payment helps vulnerable households over the winter. But what is it, are you eligible, and how do you receive your payments?
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If you were born before October 1954, you could be eligible to receive up to £300 to help pay your heating and energy bills thanks to the Winter Fuel Payment. Find out if you’re eligible for the payments and how to claim below. As always, we’ve got you covered!
The Winter Fuel Payment is a Government-led scheme aimed to help pensioners with their energy bills over the winter to keep them safe and warm.
If you’re eligible, depending on certain criteria, you could receive a one-off payment of between £100 and £300 to cover your heating costs. This is normally paid in November/December but it can change every year.
Your Winter Fuel Payment is tax-free and won’t affect any other benefits you or anyone in your household currently receive.
To receive Winter Fuel Payments, you must meet certain criteria.
You’ll qualify if both of these statements are true:
If you weren’t living in the UK during this week, you might still be able to receive Winter Fuel Payments if you meet both of the following:
You won’t be able to get the Winter Fuel Payment if:
If you meet the eligibility criteria, you usually don’t have to do anything to receive your payment – it will be sent straight to your bank account.
However, you might have to make a claim if:
If you need to claim, you can do so by calling 0800 731 0160 from the UK or +44 (0)191 218 7777.
How much you’ll get depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week.
See the table below to see how much you could get if you qualify:
|Criteria||Born between 1940 and 1954||Born before 1940|
|You qualify and no one else in your household qualifies||£200||£300|
|You and someone under 80 in your household also qualifies||£100||£200|
|You and someone over 80 in your household also qualifies||£100||£150|
|You live in a care home||£100||£150|
|You receive benefits and no one else in your household qualifies||£200||£300|
|You qualify and live with someone who receives benefits||£200||£300|
Most payments will be paid automatically into your account in November/December. You should receive a letter telling you how much you’re getting and an estimated payment date.
If you haven’t been paid by 31st March, you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment team on 0800 731 0160 from the UK or +44 (0)191 218 7777.
Let us guide you through the Warm Home Discount and find you the right tariff that can also give you an additional £140 from the Warm Home Discount.
Your Warm Home Discount won’t be affected by your Winter Fuel Payment. If you qualify for both, you should definitely take advantage of this as you could receive up to £440 to cover your winter energy bills.
If you receive the Guarantee Credit element of your Pension Credit, you’ll get this automatically, as long as your energy provider supports the scheme. Some of the Winter Fuel Payment eligibility criteria is very similar to that of the Warm Home Discount so it’s likely you will qualify for both schemes. However, you might qualify for one but not the other.
Your Winter Fuel Payment won’t affect any Cold Weather Payments you receive. However, depending on the weather over the winter, you might not receive any Cold Weather Payments, even if you’re eligible.
Both are paid automatically into your account and the criteria for both is very similar. It’s likely that you qualify for both, however, you might qualify for one but not the other.
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