Winter Fuel Payment
Many of us worry about rising heating costs. Winter Fuel Payment can help ease the load.
What is 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.
How much could I get?
In the financial year April 2019 to March 2020 the payment is:
- £200 if you’re under 80
- £300 if you’re over 80.
However, you’ll usually get less if you live with other people who also qualify.
Am I eligible to 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 18–24 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, Council Tax Support or Universal Credit).
If you qualify, but don’t get paid automatically, you’ll need to make a claim.
How can I claim Winter Fuel Payment?
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.
What should I do next?
- Call the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 0800 731 0160.
What benefits can you claim?
Do you know what benefits you are entitled to? Age UK's Benefits Calculator can help you, quickly and easily, to find out what you could be claiming.