Winter Fuel Payment

If you were born on or before the 5th of October 1954, you could receive between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills.

You will get your Winter Fuel Payment automatically (you do not need to claim) if you’re eligible and either:

  • get the State Pension
  • get another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)

As this is an automated government scheme you are not usually required to claim your Winter Fuel Payment - you’ll get it automatically if you’re eligible.

If you have not got a Winter Fuel Payment before and believe you should be eligible, you only need to submit a claim if any of the following apply:

  • you do not get benefits or a State Pension
  • you only get Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit
  • you get benefits or a State Pension but live in Switzerland or an EEA country

The deadline for you to make a claim for winter 2020 to 2021 is 31 March 2021.

 For full details on how to apply please click here.

Have you received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) with incorrect details? 

Every year the DWP send letters to people eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment confirming their estimated payment amount and the payment date.

However, they have confirmed that tens of thousands of incorrect letters have been mistakenly sent out this year. Errors in these letters include incorrect information about the level of payment people are entitled and listing the wrong bank details. 

The DWP has advised that this has since been rectified, however it is worth checking your information and keeping an eye out for your payment. 

More information about this can be found at the Money Saving Expert.