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The Winter Fuel Payment scheme

If you are a UK resident aged over 60, you could be entitled to receive a payment towards your energy bills from the government.

The Winter Fuel Payment scheme grants £100 - £300 tax-free to people born on or before 5th July 1952, helping people to pay their heating bills during the colder months of the year. Payment is made between November and December – usually before Christmas.

How much will I get?

The exact amount you receive depends largely on your individual circumstances during the qualifying week, which is usually in September. Below are the factors which could determine how much benefit you receive:

  • You quality but live in a care home and don’t receive benefits
  • You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify)
  • You live with someone under 80 who also qualifies
  • You live with someone over 80 who also qualifies
  • You qualify and live with your partner, and they receive benefits.

You will receive a letter which tells you exactly how much you will be paid during September or October.

How do I claim my payment?

The payment is automatically granted to anyone who meets the criteria and receives a State Pension, or other social security benefit. The organisation who pays for your benefits will credit this money to your account.

If you qualify to receive a Winter Fuel Payment contribution but find that you haven’t received an estimated payment amount by letter, or haven’t been automatically paid, you will need to make a claim. This usually happens if you haven’t been received a Winter Fuel Payment before, don’t receive benefits, or qualify only for Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit.

To claim, simply call 08459 15 15 15, with your bank details and National Insurance number to hand.

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