Winter Fuel Payments

Last updated on 9 Oct 2014

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 July 1952
  • you’ll be living in the UK throughout the week of 15 to 21 September 2014

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 already received a Winter Fuel payment previously, you should automatically receive your payment from the organisation that pays your existing benefits.

You need to claim your Winter Fuel Payment if you’ve not had it before and 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

To make your first claim or if you have any queries contact the Winter Fuel Payment Team.


How much may I receive?

The amount of Winter Fuel Payment you can get each winter can vary according to your personal situation. The amount of Winter Fuel Payment has changed so the amount you get for this winter may be different to last winter. 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 estimated payment date. Due to how payments are made, you could receive your payment at a different time to someone in your household or living near you. If you have not received your payment by January, or you have any other queries, 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 in your home during the Winter months, particularly the qualifying week of 15 to 21 September 2014. This applies if you 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?

You can talk to someone about the benefits you may be entitled to at an independent advice service such as

As an older person, finding out which benefits you may be entitled to, and the impact they may have on other benefits, is not always straightforward. There is a huge amount of information available about benefits, but this can be overwhelming or confusing. We would always advise you to seek advice from an independent advice service, who will be able to look at your individual situation and guide you through the applications process.


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