Winter Fuel Payment
Winter Fuel Payment is a non-means tested payment from the Government to help with heating costs. Most pensioner households will be able to receive it.
When the weather is especially cold for a sustained period, you may also be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.
There is also a Warm Home Discount scheme if you are on a low income - see section 9 of our factsheet, Help with heating costs in Wales, for further information.
How much Winter Fuel Payment could I receive ?
In the financial year April 2021 to March 2022 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 26 September 1955 (to be eligible for the financial year April 2021 to March 2022 – the eligibility birth date changes every financial year).
- you lived in the UK throughout the qualifying week for the financial year of 2021–2022 (this is 20–26 September 2021).
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. Most payments are made between November and December.
Section 10 of our factsheet, Help with heating costs in Wales, has further information on the Winter Fuel Payment.
For more information call Age Cymru Advice on 0300 303 44 98