Winter Fuel Payment
Winter Fuel Payment is an annual tax-free payment to help with heating costs. Most payments are made between November and December.
When the weather is especially cold for a sustained period, you may also be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.
How much could I get?
In the financial year April 2019 to March 2020 the payment is:
- £200 if you were under 80
- £300 if you were over 80.
However, you’ll usually get less if you live with other people who also qualify.
Am I eligible and how do I claim Winter Fuel Payment?
You may be eligible for Winter Fuel Payment if you meet all the following criteria:
- you were born on or before 5 April 1954 (to be eligible for the financial year April 2019 to March 2020 – the eligibility birth date changes every financial year).
- you lived in the UK throughout the qualifying week (for the financial year 2019–2020, this is 16–22 September 2019)
You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you receive the State Pension or another benefit, such as Pension Credit (but not Housing Benefit, Universal Credit or the Council Tax Reduction Scheme).
If you qualify, but don’t get paid automatically, you’ll need to make a claim.
If this is the first year you can claim, or if you’ve never claimed before, call the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 0800 731 0160. You'll need to know your National Insurance number and your bank or building society details.
You only need to claim once. After this, you should automatically receive a payment every year, as long as your circumstances don’t change.
For more information call Age Cymru Advice on 08000 223 444