The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual tax-free payment to help you with heating costs during the colder months and the payment is usually made between November and December.

If you’re eligible, you should automatically get the payment each year.

If you don’t get the payment automatically, or if you think you should be getting a higher amount, you’ll need to make a claim.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Winter Fuel Payments, including who’s eligible, how much you could get, and how to claim it.

What is The Winter Fuel Payment

The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free payment, available to individuals born on or before September 25, 1956. It’s meant to help you pay your heating bills during the winter.

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How much Winter Fuel Payment could I get?

You could receive between £100 and £300 this winter to assist with your costs if you were born on or before 25 September 1956. The sum is determined by your age as well as the ages of other people in your home who qualify.

If you live in a care home or nursing home without one of the following advantages, you’ll usually receive a lower payment:

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support.

Unfortunately, if you live in a nursing home or care home and receive any of these payments, you are not eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment.

Who Is Eligible For A Winter Fuel Payment?

If you were born on or before 25 September 1956, you are almost certainly eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment in the winter of 2022-23 as long as you were resident in the UK throughout the qualifying week. The qualifying week is the first week of September, which begins on the third Monday.

How Do I Claim Winter Fuel Payment?

You should be paid your Winter Fuel Payment without having to complete a form, provided that you’ve previously received it.

If you claim a state pension or another social security benefit (except for Housing benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Child benefits, Universal Credit, or a deferred State Pension), you should also be paid automatically.

If you don’t qualify for any of these benefits – or if you live outside the United Kingdom – and want to collect your Winter Fuel Payment, you’ll need to make a claim straight away.

To get started, call the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 0800 731 0160. You’ll need your National Insurance number and bank account information.

Do all pensioners get a winter fuel allowance?

In November/December, all pensioner households will receive the one-time Pensioner Cost of Living Payment as a supplement to their annual Winter Fuel Payment.

Can a husband and wife get a winter fuel allowance?

Yes, the fuel allowance is actually paid to the household, not to the individual. As long as one person in the household meets the qualifying criteria, the whole household will receive the fuel allowance.

Will I get a winter fuel allowance at 66?

Every household with a person 60 or older is entitled to assistance with their winter energy expenditures. You may make a claim under the Government’s winter fuel payments program if you were eligible for aid on or before September 27, 2009.

Winter Fuel Payment And Pip

The Winter Fuel Payment is not one of the benefits that may qualify you for Cold Weather Payments. People who are on income-related aid can only receive this type of payment.

The Cold Weather Payment

During periods of very cold weather, a Cold Weather Payment is money to assist with fuel expenses.

When the average temperature must be no lower than zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days between November and March, the time period qualifies as severe winter weather.

If you do not live in a care home, you may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment if one of the following conditions applies to you: Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, or Universal Credit. If any of the above-mentioned statements also apply to you, then you may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.

  • You get an extra amount in your benefit (a premium) for having a disability or for being over the state pension age.
  • You have a child under five.
  • You have a child and you get a Child Tax Credit with an extra amount for their disability.

FAQs

When did winter fuel payments start?

The winter fuel payment was first introduced by the Labour government in 1997 by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown in his Pre-Budget Statement of that year.

Are winter fuel payments means-tested?

The winter fuel payment is not means-tested. You may qualify for it if you’re working or receiving benefits. If the following conditions are met, you may automatically qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment in 2021/2022: You were born on or before September 26, 1955.

Is the winter fuel payment taxable?

The winter fuel payment is tax-free and will not affect your tax code. It is also not counted as income when working out how much Housing benefits or Council Tax Reduction you can get.

How often are winter fuel payments made?

Winter fuel payments are made automatically in November or December. If you do not receive your payment by early December, you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 0800 731 0160.

Do you get winter fuel payments when living abroad?

If you meet all of the following requirements, you may be eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment: You were born before October 5, 1954. You reside in Switzerland or one of the European Economic Area (EEA) nations other than Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal, or Spain.

Is winter fuel payment per person or household?

The winter fuel payment is paid per household, not per person. If you live with someone who is also eligible, you will both get the payment.

When will winter fuel payments be made this year?

Yes, the winter fuel payment will be made this year and every year onwards until the government decides to stop the payments. The payment is made in November or December each year.

How much winter fuel allowance does a widow get?

As long as a widow meets the qualifying criteria, they will receive the same amount of winter fuel allowance as any other member of the household. It will not be based on their partner but on their own age and circumstances.
The Winter fuel payments contact number is 0800 731 0160.

In Summary

Just remember, whether it is the winter fuel payment or the winter fuel allowance, these are two different things.

The winter fuel payment is a one-time payment made to eligible households in order to help with energy costs during the winter months.

The winter fuel allowance is a weekly payment made to eligible individuals over the age of sixty-five to help with their energy costs during the winter months.

If you have any questions about the Winter Fuel Payment, or if you think you might be eligible but have not received a payment, then you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 0800 731 0160.

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