Winter Fuel Payment
Winter Fuel payments of between £100 and £300 are provided by the government to help eligible households to pay their heating bills.
Eligibility criteria are as follows;
- You were born on or before 5 October 1954, and
- You lived in the UK for at least 1 day during the qualifying week (normally the last week of September)
You would not qualify if you;
- Are in hospital getting free treatment for more than a year
- Need permission to enter the UK and your granted leave states that you cannot claim public funds
- Were in prison for the whole of the ‘qualifying week’
- Lived in a care home for the whole time from June-September and got pension credit, income support, income-based jobseekers allowance or income-related employment and support allowance.
The amount you will receive is based on your circumstances, and there is a table on the government website https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment which outlines the levels of payment available in each case.
You should received a letter telling you what you are eligible to receive and an estimated payment date. Payments are made automatically between November and December.
If you do not receive payment before mid-January, you will need to call the Benefits Office.
Note that this payment is something you will need to apply for – it isn’t automatic. You can normally apply from August, for the following winter period.
The government website https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment contains all the details necessary to make a claim by phone, or via an email form.
Note that you will need to provide details of your National Insurance number, the bank details where you would like your payment to be directed, and the date of your marriage or civil partnership (if appropriate).
You will also have to confirm your eligibility based on the qualifying week in September (confirm you were not in hospital receiving free treatment, in a residential care home or Ilford Park resettlement home, or in custody serving a sentence.