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Winter Fuel Payments

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 are eligible if you:

  • were born on or before 5 November 1953
  • lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 17 to 23 September 2018 – this is called the ‘qualifying week’

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.  The deadline for claiming payments for winter 2018 to 2019 is 31 March 2019.

If you have not received your payment by February 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:

Last updated: May 8, 2019

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