Winter fuel payment

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Winter Fuel Payment or Winter Fuel Allowance is an annual payment to help with heating costs, made to households with someone over Pension Credit age.

Not heating our homes properly puts us at risk of cold-related illnesses such as a heart attack or even hypothermia. So make sure you're getting your Winter Fuel Payment.

How much will I get?

  •  £200 if you're under 80
  •  £300 if you're 80 or over.

Am I eligible for Winter Fuel Payment? 

In winter 2014-15, you will qualify for the payment if you were born before 6 July 1952 (the date changes every year).

How do I claim?

You only need to claim once. After this, you should get it automatically each year, as long as your circumstances do not change.

The payment is made directly into your bank account in November or December.

If you don't receive your payment, call the Winter Fuel Payments Helpline on 0845 915 1515.

Cold Weather Payment

Cold Weather Payments are made to eligible people when the weather is very cold.

How much will I get?

You get £25 a week when the average temperature has been‚ or is expected to be‚ 0°C or below for 7 days in a row (between 1 November and 31 March).

Can I claim it?

You will automatically receive the payment, if you get Pension Credit or certain other means-tested benefits.

Contact the Pension Service if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but didn't.

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Further information

opens link in new window Download the guide Winter wrapped up (PDF 793 KB)

opens link in new window Download the guide More money in your pocket: a guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age (PDF 3 MB)

opens link in new window Download the factsheet Help with heating costs factsheet (PDF 205 KB)

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  • A guide about benefits for people over pension age, including Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.
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  • Takes you through the issues associated with switching energy supplier.
  • A factsheet that includes information on Winter Fuel Payments.
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