The Winter Fuel payment is a one-off payment made to pensioners to help to deal with the cost of heating their homes in the Winter. It is a tax free, non-means tested benefit.
Below is the qualifying criteria..
- You must have been born on or before the 5th of August 1953 in order to claim in 2017/18 (financial year)
- You must have been living in the UK for the entirety of the qualifying week which is 18-24 September
How much will I get?
If you are under 80 will get £200 but if you are over 80 you will get £300. However if you live with someone else who also qualifies you will get less. You can find out more details on the gov.uk website.
How do I apply?
Call the Winter Fuel Payment centre on 0800 731 0160 or submit an online enquiry.
Calls are taken weekdays from 8am to 6pm
You will need your NI number, bank or building society details plus the date you got married or entered into a civil partnership (if applicable)
When will I get paid the money?
Payments are made in between November and Christmas.
Impact on other benefits
Winter Fuel Payment does not count and income and does not impact on your eligibility to claim any other means tested benefits.