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Winter fuel payment

This page covers:

  • Winter Fuel Payment
  • Cold Weather Payment
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme

If you were born on or before 5th April 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a Winter Fuel Payment.

You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit). If you’re eligible but do not get paid automatically, you will need to make a claim.

The deadline for claiming payments for winter 2019 to 2020 is 31st March 2020. Most payments are made automatically between November and December. You should get your money by 13th January 2020. If you do not get your payment, call the office that pays your benefits - their details are on any letters they sent you.

Any money you get will not affect your other benefits. How much you get depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week. The qualifying week for winter 2019 to 2020 is 16th to 22nd September 2019. Any money you get is tax-free and will not affect your other benefits.


Circumstance
 
Born between 23rd September 1939 and 5th April 1954

Born on or before 22nd September 1939
 
 You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify)
 £200  £300
 You qualify and live with someone under 80 who also qualifies
 £100  £200
 You qualify and live with someone 80 or over who also qualifies
 £100  £150
 You qualify, live in a care home and do not get certain benefits
 £100  £150

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

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
Circumstance
 
 Born between 23rd September 1939 and 5th April 1954
 Born on or before 22nd September 1939
 You qualify, get one of the benefits and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify)
 £200  £300
 You qualify and live with someone who also gets one of the benefits
 £200 - only one of you will get the payment
 £300 - only one of you will get the payment
 You qualify, live in a care home and get one of the benefits
 Nil  Nil

More information about Winter Fuel Payment

For more information and to make a claim, please visit the gov.uk website.

Cold Weather Payment 

You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest. You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically.

You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for seven consecutive days.

You’ll get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between 1st November and 31st March. After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days. It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments. You may already get Cold Weather Payments if you’re receiving:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest

The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1st November 2019 to 31st March 2020. Check if you can get a payment in your area

Tell Jobcentre Plus if you get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance and:

  • you’ve had a baby
  • a child under five has come to live with you

You will not automatically get Cold Weather Payments if you do not. 

If you don't receive your Cold Weather Payment

Tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but you have not.

If you’re getting Universal Credit, sign in to your account and add a note to your journal.

If you do not have an online account, ring the Universal Credit helpline instead. The phone number is on letters about your Universal Credit claim.

More information about Cold Weather Payment

For more information, please visit the gov.uk website.

Warm Home Discount Scheme 

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2019 to 2020 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The money is not paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between September and March.

You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead, if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.

The discount will not affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

Eligibility

There are two ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:

How you apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.

Pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meters

You can still qualify for the discount if you use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.

Your electricity supplier can tell you how you’ll get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter.

More information about the Warm Home Discount Scheme

For more information, please visit the gov.uk website.


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