Winter Fuel Payments
Last updated on 20 Nov 2015
What is The Winter Fuel Payment?
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax free payment to help older people keep warm during winter. It is provided by the government to those who are eligible.
Am I eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment?
You will qualify for Winter Fuel Payment if
- you were born on or before 5 January 1953
It’s not means tested and you can get it if you’re still working or claiming a benefit. Find out more about your eligibility on GOV.UK.
How do I apply for Winter Fuel Payment?
If you have received a Winter Fuel Payment previously, you should automatically receive your payment from the organisation that pays your other benefits. You should get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you get the State Pension.
You need to claim your Winter Fuel Payment if either of the following apply:
- you don’t get benefits or a State Pension
- you only get Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit
Contact the Winter Fuel Payment Team for more information or to make a claim.
How much may I receive?The amount of Winter Fuel Payment you receive will depend on your personal situation. To find out how much you will get visit Gov.UK.
When will I receive my payment?
Most payments are made between November and December. You will receive a notification letter and this will give you a more specific payment date.
If you have not received your payment by January contact the Winter Fuel Payment Team.
My circumstances have changed, what should I do?
If you have received a Winter Fuel Payment previously and your circumstances have changed you should inform your benefits provider. For example if you will not be living at home during the Winter months but will be in:
- hospital getting free in-patient treatment
- a residential care home or Ilford Park Resettlement Home
- custody serving a court sentence
Where can I get benefits advice?
It can be useful to speak with someone about the benefits you may be entitled to and how they may impact upon your other benefits. A local independent advice service can help guide you through the process such as;
- Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) - provide advice to anyone in Newcastle
- Newcastle Welfare Rights Service - provide advice to people in priority groups including those over 65. They have self help material on their website.
- Age UK Newcastle – provide benefits advice to people of State Pension age and over
Visit newcastle.gov.uk for more benefit advice services available across Newcastle.