How Pensioners Can Keep Warm With The Winter Fuel Payment

Key takeaways:

  • Anyone born on or before 25 September 1956 is eligible for the current Winter Fuel Payment.
  • Applicants could receive payments of up to £600 to help with their heating and energy bills.
  • The Winter Fuel Payment is made between November and December but may be delayed due to the pandemic.

As winter draws near, many people are wondering what they can do to keep themselves warm.

Luckily, there are several government programmes available to help pensioners stay comfortable during the colder months.

In this blog post, we’ll look at what the Winter Fuel Payment is, how to apply for it and how much you could receive.

Keep reading to find out more.

Contents:

  • What is the Winter Fuel Payment?
  • Am I eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment?
  • How much money will I get?
  • When will I be paid?
  • How can I apply for the Winter Fuel Payment?
  • Save on your energy bills at no cost with So Eco

What is the Winter Fuel Payment?

The Winter Fuel Payment is a yearly payment made by the government to help people with their heating and energy bills during winter.

This payment is available to eligible pensioners, and it can be used to help pay for things like electricity, gas, oil, and other winter heating costs.

Am I eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment?

Anyone born on or before 25 September 1956 is eligible for the 2022/23 Winter Fuel Payment, although the date changes every year.

Applicants must be living in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland to apply for the benefit.

If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible, you can use the government’s Winter Fuel Payment eligibility checker tool.

How much money will I get?

Those eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment will receive between £250 and £600, depending on their circumstances.

The amount of money you receive will depend on things like your age, whether you live alone or with others, and whether you or anyone else in your household gets certain benefits.

The Winter Fuel Payment is a non-means tested benefit, meaning that income and savings aren’t considered.

In addition to the Winter Fuel Payment, 22/23 applicants will receive a one-off payment between £150 and £300 included in their sum, known as the ‘Pensioner Cost of Living Payment’.

The money you receive for the payment does not count as income when working out your eligibility for other benefits.

When will I be paid?

The Winter Fuel Payment is normally paid between November and December, although the government has said that this may be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Payments are usually made into the same bank or building society account that pensioners who receive their State Pension from.

If you’ve moved house or changed your bank details, you’ll need to let the pension service know so that they can update your records and make sure you get your payment.

Your payment may be different if you or your partner receives one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

How can I apply for the Winter Fuel Payment?

If you’re eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment, you don’t need to do anything to receive it – the pension service will automatically send the payment to you.

Once you’ve claimed the payment you’ll be automatically enrolled the following year, meaning that even if you applied years ago, you’ll still receive the one-off ‘Pensioner Cost of Living Payment’.

However, if you think you should be receiving the payment but haven’t been, or if you want to claim for someone else, you can contact the pension service to make a claim.

Start by ringing the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 0800 731 0160.

Before you call the Winter Fuel Payment helpline, you will need to know the following:

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your bank or building society details
  • The date you were married or entered into a civil partnership (if appropriate)
  • Your BIC and IBAN numbers if you live in an EEA country or Switzerland

Are there any other government grants I can apply for?

There is a range of government grants and payments UK households can apply for, such as the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO4).

The ECO 4 scheme is a government initiative that provides free or discounted home insulation and boiler replacement to eligible low-income households.

To learn more, read our article on UK cost of living: 6 government grants helping the vulnerable and landlords.

There are also a number of charitable organisations that can help pensioners with their energy bills, such as Age UK and the National Energy Action charity.

If you’re struggling to pay your energy bills, you should contact your energy supplier as soon as possible. Many suppliers have schemes in place to help those in financial difficulty.

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