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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?

If you were born on or before 26 September 1955 you could get between £100 and £300 to help with your bills in the winter of 2021-2022.

However, you’ll usually get less if you live with other people who also qualify or if you live in a care home or nursing home and don't get one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support.

If you live in a care home or nursing home and receive any of these benefits then you're not entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment.

Am I eligible to claim Winter Fuel Payment?

You may be eligible for Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2021-2022 if you meet all the following criteria:

  • you were born on or before 26 September 1955 (the eligibility birth date changes every financial year).
  • you lived in the UK throughout the qualifying week for the financial year of 2021–2022, which is 20–26 September 2021).

How can I claim Winter Fuel Payment?

 However, as well as the eligibility criteria above, you'll also need to:

  • receive the State Pension
  • receive another social security benefit (this doesn't include Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit, or a deferred State Pension).

If you're eligible and receive the necessary benefits, you will receive your Winter Fuel Payment automatically and won't have to make a claim.

If you're eligible but don't receive these benefits or live abroad, you may need to make a claim. 

To make a claim, you can call the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 0800 731 0160. You'll need your National Insurance number and your bank or building society details when making a claim.  

For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602.
We’re open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year.

What extra money are you entitled to?

Do you know what benefits you are entitled to? Our Benefits Calculator can help you, quickly and easily, to find out what you could be claiming.

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Last updated: Oct 07 2021

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