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Many of us worry about rising fuel costs, but not heating our homes properly puts us at risk of cold-related illnesses such as pneumonia. Find out how to give yourself a warmer home without worrying about your fuel bills.
Winter Fuel Payment is an annual payment to help with heating costs, made to households with someone over Pension Credit age.
In winter 2013-14, you will be eligible if you are born before 6 January 1952. You will normally receive £200 if you are under 80, and £300 if you are 80 or over. You will usually get less if you live with other people who also qualify.
You only need to claim once. After this, you should get it automatically each year, as long as your circumstances do not change. To ask about your payment or make a claim‚ call the Winter Fuel Payments Helpline on 0845 915 1515.
Cold Weather Payments are made to eligible people when the weather is very cold. You can get an additional £25 a week when the average temperature has been‚ or is expected to be‚ 0°C or below for seven days in a row.
You will automatically receive a Cold Weather Payment, if you get Pension Credit or certain other means-tested benefits.
Download the guide Winter wrapped up (PDF 793 KB)
Download the guide More money in your pocket: a guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age (PDF 3 MB)
Download the guide Claiming benefits: a guide for people of working age (PDF 1 MB)
Download the factsheet Help with heating costs factsheet (PDF 205 KB)
Email your MP to ask them to support mandatory social tariffs. Email your friends and family and ask them to join our campaign against fuel poverty.
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